Listed cottages which have stood in Manchester’s Northern Quarter for over 250 years are set to be demolished following a u-turn by councillors.
The Manchester Evening News reports that the local planning committee has overturned its decision to stop the derelict buildings on Thomas Street from being flattened in favour of flats.
Property company Real Estate Investments Partnership (REIP) had been planning a new mixed-use scheme in the area known as Warp & Weft NQ – which would include apartments and restaurant/retail space at ground level.
The scheme also included the restoration of a Grade II listed building on Kelvin Street at the rear.
Development plans were ultimately rejected last year – a decision which REIP appealed against.
A ‘wholly unchanged’ application was then submitted in May 2021.
However, on this occasion it got the green light – with Manchester’s planning committee approving the cottage demolition.
Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Planning and Transport Angeliki Stogia stated: “I cannot sit here as a member of the committee and support a site visit, and I cannot sit here and wait for somebody else to take the decision.”
The councillor added: “I cannot abandon our businesses, the success of the Northern Quarter, and our city centre in the future.
“We are in difficult economic times.”
Piccadilly councillor Sam Wheeler, however, denounced the verdict, describing the decision to approve the planning application as a “cowardly and unconscionable surrender”.