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Redesigned Manchester Deansgate tower set for approval

Manchester’s planners are set to approve a 13-storey mixed-use tower by Beech Properties after the scheme was redesigned.

Deansgate South, a mixed-use residential and commercial tower at the bottom of Deansgate in the city centre, has been recommended for approval when the city’s planning committee meets on Thursday.

The 13-storey tower includes 53 residential apartments and 1,500 sq ft of commercial space on the ground floor.

The project was designed by architects Ombler Iwanowski for client Deansgate (Manchester), a company set up by property developer Stephen Beech, owner of student lettings and development firm Beech Properties.

The plans for Deansgate South are set for the go-ahead after design changes.

It was originally given planning approval in March 2016, but plans were resubmitted in March this year after the proposed basement for the project was found to be unbuildable following ground investigation works and structural analysis.

The basement has now been removed to allow the project to proceed.

Deansgate South has been recommended for planning approval despite four letters of objection from local residents, who argue the building would be “totally out of place in the area of the Castlefield basin” and would overshadow neighbouring properties.

However, planning officers argued the project would provide “a high-quality building [that would] act as a catalyst to the ongoing regeneration of the area”.

The building is one of a number of high-rise residential blocks recently approved in the area south of Deansgate around Chester Road and Knott Mill.

Developer Renaker’s 188-apartment scheme at 2-4 Chester Road was given the green light by councillors in February this year, despite significant objections from local residents who argued the project was “nothing short of cultural vandalism”.

Renaker is also on site nearby with its Owen Street development, which will deliver 1,508 homes across four towers, one of which reaches 64 storeys in height.

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