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Man City eyes Openshaw revamp

Club, council and New East Manchester form new development partnership

Published on March 3rd 2011.

Man City eyes Openshaw revamp

New East Manchester (NEM), Manchester City Council (MCC) and Manchester City Football Club will create a legally binding joint venture called The Eastlands Development Partnership.

The new partnership will be the vehicle any future development in and around the City of Manchester stadium and its neighbouring communities.

As well as the new venture, an Eastlands Regeneration Framework document has been set out, which outlines the overarching vision for the development of the 200 acres collectively held by the three parties.

In the short term, land owned by Manchester City Football Club on the Openshaw West site will be the focus of exploratory remediation soon, so the club can use it for the development of football facilities on the site if it wants to.

The partnership is also looking at opportunities to expand community facilities, which could include educational, recreational and swimming facilities as part of the Eastlands Community Sports Plan.

The partnership said a period of ‘significant community consultation’ would now begin to discuss possibilities for the area.

Simon Bate, chairman of urban regeneration company New East Manchester, said: “This is the latest milestone in the regeneration journey that East Manchester has been on for the past 15 years. We have already seen how the area has gone from having no economic future to one where public and private partners together have stabilised the area and put in place a proposal for economic growth.

"We now have a long-term plan which will act as a platform for our priorities and actions over the coming years, enabling businesses, local residents and visitors to benefit from future investment opportunities.”

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: "This framework along with the partnership will drive progress over the next decade and will not just secure the economic success of the area, but also be a truly groundbreaking relationship setting the benchmark in the world of regeneration. Our joint partnership is progressive and maturing and our mutual commitment means that our shared vision for the area can become a reality that will create jobs, visitors and opportunities for residents of East Manchester.

Garry Cook, chief executive of Manchester City, said: “Manchester City is a club at the heart of the city and at the heart of its community. It is therefore wholly appropriate to strengthen our links with the city council, whilst at the same time reaching out to those in the community around us and establishing ways in which we can best serve them."

The development framework, which will be subject to formal consultation in May, can be read here.

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UnaPlannerMarch 3rd 2011.

The real reason why the 'B of the Bang' had to go?

It was sitting in the way of a proposed development!

Eddy MulderMarch 3rd 2011.

@unaplanner - are you sure it wasnt so they could fake the moon landings?

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