Pickles Refuses Smithfields Market


The Secretary of State has had regard to the Inspector’s comments about the
Smithfield area, its heritage assets and the adjoining Conservation Areas … He sees no reason to disagree with the Inspector’s remark
that the General Market, the Annex Market, the Red House and the Engine House are not listed but are clearly an integral part of the Smithfield market complex and are recognised as non-designated heritage assets which contribute strongly to the distinctive character of the Smithfield Conservation Area (IR408). In relation to the market group and its setting, the Secretary of State agrees, for the reasons given
by the Inspector (IR416), that the market and the Holborn Viaduct effectively lie within a large shared setting which strongly enhances their significance and reflects their origins as grand Victorian engineering schemes that have shaped the area as it is seen today. ..
the Secretary of State sees no reason to disagree with his view that the deteriorated state of the buildings is, at least in part, the result of the history of deliberate neglect and that, in assessing the planning balance, less weight should therefore be given to the current condition of the buildings and the consequent benefit of their repair

Abu Dhabi to Invest in Manchester Edge of City Centre Homes


On Tuesday 24 June Manchester City Council and Abu Dhabi United Group, the privately owned investment company which also owns Manchester City Football Club, announced a major new partnership to accelerate the transformation of two emerging East Manchester neighbourhoods.

The partnership will see, as Phase One of the programme, the provision of more than 830 homes in Ancoats and New Islington, bringing significant impetus to both areas and helping to complete their redevelopment. The agreement forms the first phase and foundation of the Manchester Lifeinitiative and builds on the regeneration activity that has been led by Manchester City Council in collaboration with a range of partners over the last 15 years.

The predominantly privately rented homes will strengthen Manchester’s economic growth trajectory by providing much needed residential units, helping the city achieve its Residential Growth Strategy to build tens of thousands of new homes by 2027.

The multi phased Manchester Life initiative, foresees investment of up to £1 billion over the next 10 years, with provision for further multiple investors. It will expand the residential market on the eastern fringe of the city, providing a platform for the delivery of more than 6,000 new homes.

The prioritisation of Ancoats and New Islington for Phase One of the Manchester Life Initiative, builds on the significant investment in these areas to date including the completion of the Metrolink extension, the advent of new healthcare facilities, a free primary school due to open in New Islington in September 2015 and the remodelling of Central Retail Park on Great Ancoats Street.

These services together with the high quality, environmentally sustainable homes that are planned as part of the scheme, will enable the area to quickly become an established and desirable neighbourhood for those living and working in Manchester.

Manchester Life Development Company, a joint venture between the two partners will be established to oversee the development. Following the completion and approval of Phase One development plans, construction work is expected to begin next year. All of the land which is required for Phase One of Manchester Life has been assembled, allowing immediate progress.

The economic impact of Phase One is expected to create significant employment opportunities and demand for retail, leisure and commercial developments.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Today’s announcement adds another commercial dimension to the already significant investment made by Manchester City Council and ADUG in East Manchester, and in doing so progresses the regeneration story which began in the 1990’s and was accelerated by the 2002 Commonwealth Games and ADUG’s recent development of the Etihad Campus.

“The planned transformation of the eastern edge of the City Centre is the single biggest residential investment Manchester has seen for a generation. Building thousands of quality new homes will be a fundamental part of our growth story and will deliver significant socioeconomic impact. We look forward to working with Abu Dhabi United Group to create a world class exemplar of regeneration.”

Speaking on behalf of the Abu Dhabi United Group, Board Director, Marty Edelman said, “ADUG, through Manchester City Football Club, has come to know Manchester City Council’s vision for regeneration and its ability to deliver major initiatives effectively. Given Abu Dhabi United Group’s existing long term commitment to Manchester and the Council’s economic growth plan, it was a logical decision to look at ways to create a commercial partnership with the city to deliver its wider residential strategy. We are effectively investing in the opportunities and positive circumstances created by our joint investments to date. We are extremely proud of the resulting Manchester Life joint initiative that will complete the transformation of the Ancoats and New Islington areas”.