Manchester beefs up resi planning guidelines

Tim Clark

Source: Stacey MacNaught

New guidance aims to improve quality of new build homes

Manchester city council has set out plans to improve the quality of new homes built in the city with new ‘comply or justify’ terms for new projects.

The new residential quality guidance has been formed to help Manchester reach its goal of being one of the world’s top 25 cities by 2025 and help deliver up to 25,000 homes in the coming years.

Aimed at informing developers, architects and planners, the guidance has also introduced the concept of ‘comply or justify’ to new schemes, with the expectation that developers can justify reasons for not following planning guidance in proposals which do not adhere to local plans.

The new guidance has been drawn up by Deloitte Real Estate, creative design practice Planit-IE and architect CallisonRTKL with support from the city council.

The guidance has been created specifically for Manchester but the authors said they have looked at other cities across the UK and around the world to see what lessons can be applied. 


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