Comments : Exciting Core Strategy regeneration scheme unveiled by Manchester City Council
Manchester City Council unveiled their plans for the future of Manchester to make it one of the world’s leading cities using a 15 year master plan involving various developments and much needed regeneration schemes.
The Core Strategy which will see neighbourhood’s transformed and economic growth expanded. The plans, which have been described as 'ambitious' will be adopted by the city next month and will run until 2027.
There are many projects planned for Manchester which include new public realms incorporating the majority of the city centre including Victoria Street and St Peter’s Square which will create safe pedestrian areas, encourage visitors to walk and use improved transport links and well support cultural and tourist facilities.
The retail space will be expanded to 75,000sqm incorporating a variety of high quality accommodation. The city centre including Central Park and Eastlands, will become The Regional Centre and recognised as a virtual area to drive economic development with Manchester Airport as a secondary hub for growth and international connectivity.
The development for the central urban environment may include tall buildings that contribute positively to Manchester city centre and create a distinctive character to the skyline. The areas on the outskirts of Manchester city centre such as Ancoats and Hulme will see commercial development along with the Oxford Road Corridoor, Castlefield and Piccadilly.
East Manchester will supply the city centre employment a residential area to live with more than a decade's worth of regeneration planned. An estimated 197.6 acres of land is available for employment buildings and a further 247.1 acres of land is accessible for leisure and commercial buildings.
Manchester Airport has been identified as a vital asset to the development with the location being a catalyst for investment opportunities and job creation which will increase the economic activity of Manchester. There will be a Metrolink extension built to provide the airport improved inward transport links. This scheme has been named the Airport City and is set to capture global investments as well as business investments. The creation of more jobs will benefit the local community in Wythenshawe.
The north of Manchester city centre, the building of new residential properties with an estimated 60,000 new homes built over the next 15 years that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. The Core Strategy will also focus on reviving local communities, providing a vast range of new amenities and facilities from retail to commercial. The vision is to broaden the use of local town centres therefore, less cars will used as everything is within walking distance.
Outstanding transport links will bind the areas of Manchester together which will link residents to jobs as well as connecting leisure facilities with surrounding communities. The strategy is aimed to make each job in the Manchester area accessible via public transport, bike or by foot not only providing an alternative to an expensive to run and environmentally damaging car, but also improves safety and cuts travelling times through fewer road accidents and easing congestion.
The approach Manchester City Council has adopted has sustainability at its heart and will tackle green and environmental issues as well as the population and communities, with the encouragement of healthy and respectful neighbourhoods.
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