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NEW: Council approves Paterson proposals, snubs consultation outcome

The Paterson Redevelopment Proposal

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A planning application has been made for a huge development on the site of the burnt-out Paterson building on The Christie site on the border of Withington/Didsbury. The building would dwarf the surrounding residential area; exacerbate existing problems of parking, traffic and pollution; and could set a precedent for the scale of future development around the site and in South Manchester.

 The Manchester City Council Executive meets next Wednesday 24 July to decide whether to approve the framework proposals for the  building. The office of the Chief Executive (Richard Leese) has just issued its report on the consultation.


Despite a remarkable 500 objections from local residents, which the report acknowledges raise “critical” concerns, the Chief Executive is recommending approval of the proposals without modification.


The Council Executive now knows the profound problems that a building of this size in a residential area will bring; and is now aware that there is enormous local opposition. Residents do not oppose the rebuilding of the Paterson - they are asking for a rethink of the current proposals.


If the Executive approves this proposal unmodified it will be cutting the local community adrift. What will this say about how local democracy works in this city, particularly where The Christie ‘brand’ is concerned?


Please contact your local councillors NOW to object to the Chief Executive's recommendation to approve these proposals.

ACT NOW
Schools and nurseries exposed to air pollution from consequences of Paterson Redevelopment

KEY FACTS

  • 160 FOOT HIGH BUILDING - height of 16 storey residential tower block - as tall as NELSON'S COLUMN
  • 350 FEET LONG - as long as a football pitch
  • 965 staff to be accommodated  
  • Hundreds of construction workers plus plant machinery
  • See an image of the proposal here

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MAIN CONCERNS

  • Potential for HUNDREDS OF EXTRA CARS to be parked in a heavily congested residential area 
  • INCREASED TRAFFIC & CONGESTION
  • AIR POLLUTION
  • IMPACT ON PRIMARY SCHOOLS very close to the site.
  • EFFECT ON RESIDENTIAL AMENITY - e.g. noise & light pollution; loss of privacy; reduced access for residents, visitors; erosion of neighbourhood identity.
  • HUGE SHADOW affecting a wide residential area - watch the videos here
  • CITY SKYLINE in a suburban residential area.

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IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

  1. Should a building of this height be permitted on this site?
  2. Does it set a precedent for future high-rise developments (equivalent to 16 residential storeys) around the site and in South Manchester?
  3. What alternatives have been assessed?
  4. How can the main concerns be addressed while supporting the objective of re-instating the Paterson? 

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE

1. CONTACT YOUR COUNCILLORS

Tell your councillors that you object to the the Chief Executive's recommendation to approve the framework proposals unmodified. Details of the councillors for the four closest wards (and their email addresses) can be found here.

2. WATCH THE EXECUTIVE MEETING

You can watch the Executive meeting live or after the event here.

You can also attend the meeting if you wish, it is open to the public.

3. REGISTER YOUR OBJECTION

You can view the Planning Application on the council website here.


Submit your comments by emailing the planning officer at d.lawless@manchester.gov.uk. A template response can be found here


IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO SEND IN YOUR OBJECTION!

4. SPREAD THE WORD

- It is critical that residents stay informed of developments - sign up to our mailing list here

- Make your family, friends and other concerned residents aware of this proposal. Encourage them to contact their councillors and sign up to the mailing list.

5. SIGN THE PETITION

In addition to sending in your concerns, please sign the petition to the Council Executive here.

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION

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