Manchester looks to greenlight 4,800 Red Bank homes
Far East Consortium’s applications for a section of the £4bn Victoria North masterplan have been recommended for approval ahead of the city council’s planning committee meeting next week.
FEC is working with Manchester City Council on the project, which zeroes in on 35 acres of brownfield set aside to become the future Red Bank district.
There are two Red Bank-related applications on the docket for next week.
The first on the agenda is an outline application for up to 3,250 homes, a 210-place primary school, health centre, and 67,800 sq ft of commercial space.
The second application is for three residential towers, the tallest of which would be 34 storeys. These would sit on seven acres of land bounded by Dantzic Street and provide 1,551 homes.
Avison Young is the planning consultant for both projects.
Land at Red Bank
- Application reference number: 136812/OO/2023
The outline application looks at two areas within the Red Bank neighbourhood: Red Bank Plateau and Red Bank Viaduct. Red Bank Plateau is surrounded by Barny’s steps and St Catherine’s Wood. Red Bank Viaduct is bounded by the River Irk, Dantzic Street, and the railway line.
The proposed primary school would be 29,600 sq ft and accommodate 210 children, while the health centre would be up to 35,000 sq ft.
Of the 3,250 homes proposed, most would be two-bedroom residences. The numbers break down to 798 one-bedroom homes, 2,053 two-bedroom ones, and 399 three-bedroom units. There would also be a 20% affordable housing provision, equating to around 650 homes. This is subject to viability.
Given the proximity of the site to public transport, a 12% parking provision is included. There would also be 3,250 cycle spaces.
FEC’s plans include an excess of 10% biodiversity net gain.
The developer estimates that this section of Red Bank would create 4,640 construction jobs a year for 10 years, with around 30% of those positions being taken by Manchester residents.
The project team for this scheme includes Hoare Lea, Counter Context, TEP, WSP, Schulze+Grassov, Optimised Environments, and Maccreanor Lavington.
Manchester City Council planning officers have recommended the planning committee approve the project, subject to the signing of a legal agreement for affordable housing and the retention of the project architect for each delivery phase.
Land bounded by Dantzic Street
- Application reference number: 136814/FO/2023
FEC’s second application revolves around three towers on seven acres bounded by Dantzic Street in Manchester. These towers would be 34 storeys, 31 storeys, and 27 storeys at their tallest. Two of the towers will step up, going from eight storeys at their smallest to their respective tallest heights.
Of the 1,551 homes proposed, 78 would be affordable. This equates to a 5% affordable housing provision. Nearly 60% of the apartments would have two or three bedrooms.
The towers would be more than just filled with residences, they would also have commercial space, effectively creating a new high street in the area. A six-storey amenity block is also proposed.
The project also features 152 car parking spaces for residents, with additional spaces for visitors. There would be 1,551 cycle spaces provided.
Hawkins\Brown, Maccreanor Lavington, Optimised Environments, and Schulze+Grassov worked together to design the project for FEC.
FEC’s scheme has a value of £330m, according to council papers.
Planning officers have recommended the project the approved, subject to the signing of a legal agreement to lock in the 5% on-site affordable housing provision – as well as a review later on of the project’s viability to see if more affordable housing can be provided.