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St Michael’s Manchester Gets the Go-Ahead

Historic England has responded to the Secretary of State's decision not to call in the St Michael’s scheme for the centre of Manchester.

Manchester is a wonderful northern city, rich in heritage. Its future is important for all who live and work there, and we have always recognised that the Jackson's Row area would benefit from regeneration. Following changes to previous plans, we are pleased that the Sir Ralph Abercromby pub and the front range of the former police headquarters will now be saved.

However, introducing a tall building into such a historically significant and sensitive area will harm the setting of three of Manchester's finest Grade I listed buildings. In light of our advice that the scheme would harm the city's historic core, we, along with others, were disappointed that Manchester City Council decided to approve the scheme in the first place. We are aware that the case was referred to the Secretary of State and that he has now decided not to call it in.

For further information, please contact Rosie Ryder, email  or telephone 0207 9733388.

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