A 54 storey student tower, dubbed the ‘brick tombstone’, a heritage clashing Deansgate office complex and a proposal to repurpose an iconic Manchester landmark all received scrutiny at this month’s planning committee.
Manchester’s Planning Committee approves luxury hotel and defers controversial Deansgate office block
Manchester City Council’s Planning Committee agreed plans to build a £27m luxury hotel in Piccadilly, while also ruling on a site visit to a controversial proposed 17-storey Deansgate office block.
Manchester City Council 2023 local election results & analysis
This year, one council seat in each ward (except for one with two seats) was up for election at Manchester City Council. Here’s a rundown of the results and what they could mean for the borough, both locally and in a potential GE.
This is Greater Manchester: Bolton
This month, we sent photographer Gary Roberts to Bolton, to see if there was anything good happening there. It was a mixed picture.
Peterloo march highlights continued social struggle amid current ideological divisions
This year’s Peterloo rally made connections between the political struggles of the past and the present, yet many Mancunians remain unaware of the significance of this democratic protest.
Graphic novel illuminates Thomas Paine’s revolutionary life and legacy
The British born Thomas Paine played a fundamental part in the American Revolution, which led to the formation of the world’s most powerful democracy.
The radical free thinker’s life is depicted in Paul Fitzgerald’s new graphic novel PAINE. The author answers The Meteor’s questions on Paine’s pivotal role in the American Revolution, how he fell foul of the French Revolution, and what the arch anti-royalist would have made of the Queens Platinum Jubilee.
Placemaking Piccadilly – the community campaign challenging Manchester’s development agenda
Glittering tower blocks continue to grow across the city, alongside stacks of food crates catering to the increasing number of people dependent on them.
The Placemaking Piccadilly campaign wants to create a more inclusive way of developing the city, which focuses on ‘participation not consultation’ to allow marginalised communities to be heard.
Skyscrapers are necessary for an ‘ambitious and outward’ looking Manchester, Bev Craig says
Council leader insists developers will add social value regardless of their high profits and promises to deliver affordable and social housing in the city, alongside allowing developers to ‘build the housing that the private sector market wants to build for people to live in’.
Housing campaigners say Trinity Islands development is “a clear signal it’s business as usual in Manchester.”
Trinity Islands £741m skyscraper development, with minuscule commitment to affordable housing, slammed by housing campaigners
A four-tower high rise development, valued at over £741 million is set to go before Manchester’s Planning Committee today, with housing campaigners calling for it to be rejected as it fails to address the ‘out of control’ housing crisis in the city.
Manchester council land ownership revealed in interactive online map
The authors of the map hope it will encourage public debate around how Manchester’s land can be better used to address social and environmental needs rather than turning a profit for developers and investors.