Manchester council’s latest planning committee meeting explored a range of potential developments across the city.
Plans for a huge new 2,700-space car park at Manchester Airport were put on hold, as were proposals to build houses on two greens in Wythenshawe.
But a string of big developments were given the green-light.
Here’s a run-down of what happened:
Hardy’s Well pub to be become flats
The iconic Rusholme pub, which features Lemm Sissay’s famous poetry mural, will be turned into 35 flats and a row of shops after councillors gave plans the go-ahead.
The application drew criticism from residents and some councillors, with fears raised over increased traffic at the Curry Mile bottleneck.
Coun Jill Lovecy said she ‘really liked’ the design, but said she had ‘real concerns’ about congestion.
The town hall’s highways safety team said a development of ’35 residential units with eight small scale commercial units is not forecast to place any undue additional pressure upon the highway network’.
Developers said they recognised the cultural significance of the building, which dates back to 1837.
The plans were scaled back from 62 flats to 35.
Councillors ultimately approved the plans – voting in favour, six to five.
New four-star hotel to be built off Oxford Road
The committee backed plans, tabled by Irish chain Dalata, to build a new four-star Maldron hotel on Oxford Road in Manchester city centre.
The towering 245-room building, complete with a bar and restaurant, will the 40-space car park and business centre on the Charles Street site.
Planning officers said the scheme would be ‘significant’ benefits to the city. Some 165 jobs will be created.
The site is on the so-called ‘Oxford Road corridor,’ where the council, the city’s two universities and partners want to create a ‘world class hub and innovation district’.
Plans for 45 new homes in Gorton approved
Councillors backed plans for a shared ownership scheme in Gorton, which will see 10 two-bed; 14 three-bed; and 21 four-bed homes built on the junction of Leach Street and Crossley Street.
Coun Gavin White said he ‘welcomed’ an affordable housing scheme on a brownfield site.
Coun Ben Clay said he would have preferred to see a mix with social housing in order to avoid a ‘monoculture’.
Community farm homes plan refused
An application for 57 homes on Shores Fold community farm in Levenshulme was deferred last month after scores of school children showed up to the town hall, urging the panel to ‘save their green space’.
There were no pupils at the council meeting this time around, but councillors nevertheless voted to refuse the plans, saying they were worried about the loss of green space and the impact of the development on the nearby Highfield country park.
Councillor Bernard Stone told the committee there was ‘absolutely no support’ among the local community for the houses.
The local developer behind the plans, Nick Maskrey, said he grew up around the park and wanted to see it ‘flourish’; adding that his plans would include £150,000 towards improvements.
Council officers also backed the plans.
It wasn’t enough to convince the panel. Members said they were unhappy about the loss of the green space and said they had concerns about traffic and pollution.