The public will be asked to give their opinion on how the future of a city centre neighbourhood will be shaped.
In February (2020) Manchester City Council approved a draft framework setting out proposals for how the Back of Ancoats (Poland Street and surrounding area) could be regenerated to match the success of redevelopment which has taken place at the ‘front’.
In recent years Ancoats has become one of the most sought after places to live, work and socialise in the city, and it is the Council’s ambition to maintain the momentum of improvement throughout the entire neighbourhood.
Currently typified by low-level industrial and commercial space, the draft framework for the Poland Street area sets out proposals to create high-quality public space and green areas around new housing and office space. Space is also being identified in the wider Ancoats neighbourhood where a new generation of affordable homes can be built to create a new sustainable and eco-friendly community within a stone’s throw of the city centre.
On Wednesday 4 March, a consultation will be launched for residents, businesses and landowners in the area to have their say on these plans.
Comments can be submitted online, or in person at a series of public events that will be taking place during March.
Residents drop-in session: Tuesday 17 March between 2.30pm and 7.30pm at Hallé St Peter’s, 40 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6BF
Business and landowners breakfast drop-in session: Wednesday 18 March between 8.30am and 10.30am at Hallé St Peter’s, 40 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6BF
A link to the online consultation can be found here: www.manchester.gov.uk/consultations.
It will go live at 9am on Wednesday 4 March and will run for six weeks.
Cllr Suzanne Richards, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “Affordable housing is an important issue for our residents, which is why as a council we have made a commitment to ensuring all Manchester residents can access safe, secure and decent housing that is affordable for them.
“The regeneration of Ancoats has been hugely successful over the last two decades. This next phase of regeneration gives us an opportunity to deliver affordable homes in a city centre setting, along with high quality public areas and green spaces to create neighbourhoods people want to live in.
“New housing in the city must also meet the sustainability challenge head-on if we are serious about meeting our zero-carbon ambitions by 2038, and these two development areas will be an exemplar for future development in the city.
“This consultation is an important opportunity for people to have their say on the future of their neighbourhood, and I would encourage all residents to get involved.”