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Apartment plan for Manchester Gateway site

More than 160 apartments and eight commercial units are to be developed on a site off Chester Road in Manchester, under newly submitted plans. The site, close to the Mancunian Way, is currently occupied by industrial buildings which present “a poor image” to the gateway to the city, according to the agent, and the development would encourage further investment and have a positive impact on the nearby conservation area.

Paul Butler Associates has lodged plans on behalf of De Trafford Estates Group to build 162 apartments and accompanying commercial units on a site access by Bentinck Street.

Industrial buildings, some of which are vacant, currently occupy the site

Under the proposals, two blocks will be constructed on the site. Block C1 will have six ground and first floor commercial units with 154 one-, two- and three-bed apartments above while C2 will have two commercial units and eight apartments.

In the centre of the blocks, there would be a public square.

The agent said there would be duplex and triplex apartments and the scheme would provide “high quality, aspirational homes”.

In the planning documents lodged with Manchester City Council, the agent said the project would have a “positive impact on the regeneration of the area”.

It would also encourage further investment into this gateway to the city centre and secure direct investment into the community through the provision of jobs during the construction stage and spending in nearby facilities by future residents and employees.

The site was farmland up until the 1860s when it was developed into housing to cope with the population boom in Hulme. The houses were demolished after World War Two and the current industrial properties were built in the 1970s.

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