The Collyhurst estate regeneration has long been a top priority for the City Council for years.
In 2017, the Council entered into a joint venture agreement with Far East Consortium (FEC) to execute the Victoria North program, with Collyhurst being the initial development phase.
They have now appointed a master planning team to work on the future phases of development, which will be part of the major Victoria North Regeneration program.
Victoria North Regeneration program aims to build 15,000 new homes across seven neighbourhoods in north Manchester in the next 20 years.
The joint venture has started building 274 low-carbon homes, including 130 homes for social rent, along with a new community park and commercial space.
Now, they are focusing on delivering a longer-term vision for both neighbourhoods.
The master planning team will develop a street-by-street plan to build on the vision set out in the 2019 Strategic Regeneration Framework for Victoria North.
They will work with existing residents to shape the design of potential new homes, streets, and parks.
Speaking to I Love Manchester, Cllr Gavin White, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and development, said: “The Collyhurst neighbourhood has been a key target for regeneration for many years and we know from speaking to local people how needed and how welcome this investment will be.
“We remain committed to the development in Collyhurst Village and South Collyhurst with work already starting on site.
“We want this initial phase of investment to be the catalyst for future development in the area, which we believe has the potential for around 3,000 new homes – with affordability being a crucial element – in the coming years, along with investment in local green space, new shops and services.
“At the heart of this work is the local community. We want to make sure local people in Collyhurst benefit from the investment in their area.
“So, it’s with thanks to everyone who has taken part in the consultation exercises and engagement sessions so far. You have helped guide us to where we are today. And, we look forward to working with the community again on future phases of development.”
The first phase of development in Collyhurst is expected to serve as a catalyst for further investment in the area, aimed at revitalizing the community for existing and new residents alike.
This plan is aimed at creating a long-term sustainable community in the area.
Manchester City Council and the FEC will engage with the community through a range of interactive events and activities, including workshops, consultation events, community design sessions, exhibitions, and online engagement.
The Strategic Regeneration Framework indicates the potential for up to 3,000 new homes in Collyhurst, with a key focus on affordability, through a process of long-term and phased estate remodelling.
The joint venture is committed to supporting current residents to remain in Collyhurst and benefit from the investment in the area.
The JV is also developing a strategy for delivering affordable homes in future phases of the Collyhurst program, potentially partnering with registered housing providers. The master planning team has been selected based on an approach that puts the existing community at the centre of the design process. They will bring knowledge, passion, and energy to plan a once-in-a-generation opportunity that benefits the local community.