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New Masterplan for Manchester's St Michael's

Historic England has responded to revised proposals for the St Michael’s scheme for the centre of Manchester.

In February Historic England expressed serious concerns about the previous scheme for this site. We've been advising the developer and Manchester City Council on revised proposals and think positive steps have been made towards delivering a better scheme for this special part of Manchester.

Catherine Dewar, Planning Director in the North West for Historic England said: “We're very pleased that such positive progress has been made at St Michael’s. The new masterplan still needs work but it’s getting there."

“We strongly believe that this extraordinary area of Manchester deserves a thoughtful scheme which responds to its surroundings, contributes to the neighbouring streets and welcomes people in. The new proposals are much closer to achieving this and have the potential to enhance the character of the Deansgate/Peter Street conservation area, rather than dominate it, as the previous scheme threatened.”

Historic England are happy to see that the front building of the former police headquarters complex will now be kept and that the Sir Ralph Abercromby pub will be incorporated into the development because although they aren’t listed, these buildings have soul and tell important stories about our city’s past.

We also welcome the fact that there is now only one tower in the scheme which has been moved to a different part of the site, further away from the Town Hall, and twisted around. This change means it has much less of an impact on the grand civic buildings here, including the nationally-important Grade II* listed Central Library, Grade I listed Town Hall, and Grade I listed St. Ann’s Church.

The right development on this site could create a better environment for those who live and work in Manchester, adding life and vibrancy to these streets.

We will continue to advise the developer and council as the plans progress.

For further information, please contact Rosie Ryder, email rosie.ryder@HistoricEngland.org.uk  or telephone 0207 9733388.

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