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Didsbury To Get Big Residential Development

MMU move will bring opportunities for Didsbury

Published on September 6th 2013.

Didsbury To Get Big Residential Development

HERE'S a council press release that's bound to interest Didsbury people.

The site holds the potential to expand the number of executive homes in South Manchester

Proposals for a residential development in Didsbury – that will include a new primary school and the preservation an historic playing field – have been put forward as Manchester City Council continues its partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to develop their surplus asset sites.

A report will go before Manchester City Council’s Executive that will set out a draft regeneration framework for the University’s Didsbury Campus in South Manchester, which if approved, would pave the way for a public consultation in the autumn.

The site holds the potential to expand the number of executive homes in South Manchester, contributing to the long-term economic growth of the city and residential growth ambitions – as seen in the city council’s Residential Growth Prospectus, which sets out the city’s specific housing requirement in terms of mixed cost, size and tenure properties in different areas.

This site allows for the opportunity to develop larger homes, expanding the city’s housing stock and tax base that will encourage people to settle and remain in Manchester who might otherwise choose to commute from outlying areas.

Future residential development will increase demand for school places in the Didsbury area and the campus will also be considered for educational purposes – in particular, a site for a new primary school.

The campus currently spans nearly 17 acres, comprising of one Grade II* listed property and a number of Grade II listed buildings, Broomhurst Hall and the Simon Playing Fields, which would all remain untouched as part of the plans.

Cllr Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester's success means we desperately need thousands of new homes of every type and size and we are working with a variety of partners to development suitable sites across the city.

“These plans represent the next phase of a long-standing relationship between the city council and Manchester Metropolitan University - plans which we hope Didsbury, the University and the city has a whole can all benefit from - making a lasting contribution to our growth ambitions and leaving a lasting positive legacy "

Professor John Brooks, Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University said: “Our move to new facilities at Birley Fields in Hulme in September 2014 brings down the curtain on our long-association with Didsbury but opens up new opportunities for the city and the community in the shape of this draft framework.” 

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Michael ThomasSeptember 6th 2013.

That sounds fine as new homes need to be built. But can we please ensure a high level of design quality? In an area like Didsbury, full of fine Victorian and Edwardian buildings, the temptation is to throw up some bland approximation of those eras (it has happened all over Whalley Range). How about employing an architect like Alison Brooks, whose houses for both the Accordia project and Newhall in Harlow, have won plaudits and awards aplenty. Lets not make this a wasted opportunity.

Ghostly TomSeptember 6th 2013.

Lets not do a lot of Victorian/Edwardian pastiche of any sort or quality, lets have some good modern design...

Ramon TowersSeptember 6th 2013.

Great news! Didsbury's crying out for more expensive executive housing, and the village will really benefit from some top-rate tax payers. It's a veritable slum at the moment.

AnonymousSeptember 6th 2013.

Ramon, unfortunately the "Executive 4 bedroom double garage house in close proximity to deli and decent school for Tarquin" market is a bit flat in Gorton and Newton Heath at the moment. Qu'est que le boeuf?

AnonymousSeptember 7th 2013.

It would make more sense to utilise the site for a mix of private and social housing. Didsbury needs more of a social mix. Its areas like Moss Side that need more private housing to tip the balance the other way - the site of the old bus depot could be used for this.

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AnonymousSeptember 9th 2013.

Despite the stereo types didsbury has quite a social mix as things stand. It borders withington, and parrs wood and is not the upper class ghetto some would have people believe. It also has lots of 3up 3down terraces that are relitively afordable and help give a good social mix. You could also build this development all you want in moss side but the prices you get for the properties will be considerably lower as the target market would not wish to live there. It should be remembered that point of building fancy exec homes here is to make money for MMU so it can imporove the educational opertunities in the city and therefore make things better accross the board.

Voice of the Ironing BroadSeptember 19th 2013.

Am I the only person that remembers John Brooks (MMU big wig) saying that he was going to double student numbers on the site and the people of Didsbury could like it or lump it. How much of MMU's money did he spend on that abortive attempt. Still he did provide an evening of live "In the Thick of It" cock ups when he was so ill prepared he couldn't say how many people worked on the site. Its worth reminding people that the MMU site was until it hived off and privatised belonged to Manchester. The only specialist training swimming pool was open to public use. Its still there, just boarded over. Lots of Labour Councillors supported the rentention of this facility. Will they recall this, when they railroad through a cosy agreement to put in place a church sponsored free school. Successful communities do need a mix of housing. There is precious little social housing in Didsbury and there should be more. The three up three down terrace next to the park is up for sale for 319,000 ... hardly affordable.

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