Ancoats regeneration: have your say on plans to cut traffic and increase public space

The consultation will be open until the end of the month, with two drop in events in Manchester.
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People in Ancoats are being asked for their thoughts on plans for how a new public space could look as part of the redevelopment of the area.

Manchester City Council want residents’ views on the plans, which would also include making the Poland Street area of Ancoats more pedestrian friendly.

The city council says its priorities for the strategy include to help them decide how 1,500 further homes can be provided in a way that enhances the neighbourhood character, delivers on quality of life, sustainability, and active travel priorities, and integrates the Poland Street neighbourhood into the wider area.

Once approved, the strategy will inform the design of future developments in this area, and ensure reduced vehicle movements, access to sustainable transport choices and the creation of high-quality green spaces and streets - as part of Manchester’s ambition to become zero carbon by 2038.

The council is keen to build on the “success story” of previous redevelopments of the Ancoats area like Cutting Room Square and New Islington Marina.

Cutting Room Square, Ancoats. Photo: Marketing ManchesterCutting Room Square, Ancoats. Photo: Marketing Manchester
Cutting Room Square, Ancoats. Photo: Marketing Manchester

Coun Bev Craig, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “So far the redevelopment of Ancoats & New Islington has been a regeneration success story, becoming a world-renowned neighbourhood.

“We are taking a very considered approach to the next phase of development, which will be underpinned by high quality green space and ambitious place making to create a really attractive place to live and play.

“And this strategy allows us to take a very joined up approach to new homes and public space in a way that helps create inclusive and sustainable communities.

“This will be different to the harder street scenes in other parts of the area with Ancoats Green as the heart of the community, fewer cars and more opportunities for active walking and cycling – developing a neighbourhood that will support our journey to zero carbon.”

The consultation opened on Monday 31 January and will close on 27 February.

There will be two drop-in events at Halle St Peter’s (40 Blossom St, Ancoats) Monday 14 Feb 12pm to 2.30pm and 5pm to 7pm.

To take part in the consultation, see here.