Proposals to replace the former home of the Dobbins department store in Manchester’s Northern Quarter with a major residential scheme (pictured), build hundreds of apartments across two sites in Hulme, and create a helipad and 124m elevated link bridge off Oxford Road look set to be given the green light.
Manchester City Council’s planning committee is due to consider a variety of applications across the city at its next meeting next Thursday (7 April 2016).
Among the applications up for discussion is a proposal by Kempton Homes to demolish the existing buildings at 76-82 Oldham Street next to the new Koffee Pot café, on land bounded by Spear Street, Warwick Street and Houldsworth Street, and construct an apartment block rising up to eight storeys high and a second block rising up to five storeys high.
The site earmarked for redevelopment originally contained an imposing building with an art deco frontage dating back to the 1930s occupied by the Dobbins department store, but the property suffered irreparable fire damage during a blaze in April 2013 and its remnants were demolished later that month. Across the two buildings, there would be 35 one-bedroom apartments, 59 two-bedroom apartments, and six three-bedroom apartments, as well as 27,932 sq ft of commercial space, 100 indoor cycle spaces and nine parking spaces.
Ahead of the meeting, a planning officer report has recommended that councillors should be minded to approve the scheme.
Also up for consideration is Glenbrook’s application to demolish existing buildings and construct three tower blocks on a 1.2-acre site bounded by Ellesmere Street, Chester Road and Hulme Hall Road. The proposed blocks would be eight, nine and 12 storeys high with access to a private courtyard garden.
There would be 75 one-bedroom apartments, 118 two-bedroom apartments and 39 three-bedroom apartments, as well as 79 parking spaces.
Also in Hulme, De Trafford Estates Group’s proposal to redevelop a 0.4-acre plot spanning units three and four of Bentinck Street Industrial Estate on Chester Road will be put to councillors. It hopes to construct a ten-storey building with 27 one-bed apartments, 51 two-bed apartments and eight three-bed triplex apartments, along with three commercial units on the ground and first floors.
Both Hulme schemes have been recommended for approval by planning officers.
Elsewhere, an application by Central Manchester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to build a 25m x 25m helipad on the roof of the Grafton Street Car Park and a 124m elevated link bridge (pictured below) connecting it to the A&E department at Manchester Royal Infirmary will be scrutinised. There is currently no helipad on the hospital’s campus, with Platt Fields having been used in the past for the transfer of patients via helicopter.
The proposed helipad would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The combined helipad and link bridge application has been recommended for approval by the committee.