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Plans approved for 11-storey residential scheme in Manchester despite opposition

An 11-storey residential tower in central Manchester has been recommended for planning approval by the city council’s planning committee.

The 38-apartment building, which is being developed by private firm Red Lion St, has been given the green light despite local opposition.

Plans for the project were altered after residents criticised the building for being “unreasonably and disproportionately tall” and said it would “ruin the character” of the Northern Quarter.

Changes since the previous planning submission in February include a new courtyard for residents and an increase in height of the overall building from 10 to 11 storeys.

The number of apartments has also been reduced from 40 to 38, while the Union Street side of the building has been reduced in height.

Despite opposition, Manchester City Council’s planning committee decided to give the scheme the go-ahead, commenting that it would “add activity and vitality to the area and reintegrate the site into its urban context”.

The committee added that it would not have an adverse affect on the local conservation area.

The building, which will also include 2,000 sq ft of commercial space, will sit on the corner of Union Street and Red Lion Street on the site of the former Bull’s Head pub.

The pub’s facade will be retained as part of the design by Neil Collins Homes architects to provide an entrance to the building’s apartments on the Union Street side.

The plans are the latest in a series of planning approvals and submissions for residential schemes in the city centre in the last month.

A nine-storey residential building on Angel Street was given approval after a redesign earlier this week, while plans have also been submitted to build five new towers, ranging from five to 16 storeys in height, in Castlefield.


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