Danny Moran investigates allegations that the Planning Committee of Manchester council have pre-planning meetings, which act as rehearsals for the next Planning Committee meetings where multi-million pound developments may be voted through. Guest article from About Manchester.
Andy Burnham promised a Greater Manchester Land Commission in his manifesto. We talk to Neil McInroy, chair of the Liverpool Land Commission, to see what the process can offer GM, and report the latest developments on Burnham’s promise.
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.
The majority of people living near and using Hough End Fields, who took part in a survey, oppose the planned development of the park.
If Piccadilly Gardens represents the ‘heart and soul’ of Manchester, campaigners say it needs to change the redesign emphasis on creating a ‘pretty space’ to one which is welcoming and inclusive to all. The People’s Takeover event has started the momentum for that change.
People’s Takeover of Piccadilly Gardens needs your input to revive the ‘heart and soul’ of the city centre
Community groups Get It Done and Manchester Central Foodbank strive for inclusiveness in the redesign of Piccadilly Gardens with a People’s Takeover
Planning decisions in Manchester are feeding the fires of inequality and ignoring the housing crisis
The passing of two controversial building proposals in Manchester raises the question – who does the city’s development model serve? A land commission for Greater Manchester could provide answers to that question and point the way to a more equitable use of land in the future.
England’s first Land Commission, facilitated by the Manchester-based Centre for Local Economic Strategies, said Liverpool’s leaders should recognise “the true social purpose of land” rather than seeing it just as a “commodity”.
Hulme residents took to the streets to make their opposition clear to more student tower blocks. “There is nothing else for older people here,” says Sally, who has lived in Hulme since 1969.
“I’m not a quiet, retiree type… I’ve run thousands of miles on this field. It’s a beautiful space” Phil says. “I have used this field a massive amount. I have walked my dogs and brought my kids here for years. They are going to take it away. Somebody should shout about it.”