CARMOOR ROAD, MANCHESTER
Host Student Housing Management (UK) Limited invites you to provide feedback on its exciting emerging proposals for the mixed use redevelopment of a site at Carmoor Road, Manchester. The site is located to the northwest of the junction between Carmoor Road and Hathersage Road, opposite Octagon house and adjoining the Liberty Park student halls.
The redevelopment of the site will involve the demolition of existing buildings. An existing garage located on the site is to be relocated locally. The West Indian Organisation Coordinating Committee (WIOCC), which occupies a community centre on the site, will be accommodated in a new purpose-built community centre, intended for use by a broad range of local community groups. A new high quality purpose-built community centre and student accommodation will result in a much more efficient and sustainable use of the site. Project architect OEA is advancing proposals that are to a very high quality of design and for a building that would be highly sustainable in use.
The proposed development would bring about significant regeneration benefit for the immediate Carmoor Road locality and wider Ardwick area. The proposed development would act as a catalyst for further regeneration locally and would be an important element in the ongoing transformation of the central area of Manchester outside of the city centre.
The site is in a sustainable location with proximity to the universities and its redevelopment will have a positive regeneration impact both in the immediate area and in supporting the overall urban renewal priorities of the Council.
HOST STUDENT MANAGEMENT
Host Student Housing Management (UK) Limited is an award winning commercial property developer operating throughout the UK. Host works with its investor partners, universities and others to realise single and mixed use schemes from initial site acquisition through the development process to occupation. Its partners include some of the UK’s leading academic institutions and the largest hospitality and retail operators.
Its objective is to commit to the local areas in which it operates and to form lasting relationships with the local community - its on-site teams, staffed by local people, are responsible for achieving this.
Every site is constructed with an emphasis on safety; the entrances to a site are strictly controlled by door entry and intercom systems whilst being supported by the presence of an on-site concierge, a secure perimeter and CCTV cameras.
Further information can be found on Host's website: https://host-students.com
WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR
Host Student Housing Management (UK) Limited has engaged and worked collaboratively with planning officers at Manchester City Council through a pre-application process, as well as undertaking discussions with other departments at the Council. A key objective is to ensure that the right design and composition of development for the site is achieved.
THE SITE AND PROPOSAL
The 0.38ha site is located within the defined central area of Manchester and it sits immediately adjacent to the defined city centre and Corridor Manchester sub-area. It also borders the defined Oxford Road Corridor regeneration area. The site is very close to St Mary’s hospital. Nearby Upper Brook Street is part of a high frequency bus route connecting Didsbury, universities and the city centre.
The new purpose built, high quality, community centre will be situated at the ground floor level at the southern end of Carmoor Road close to Hathersage Road. The community centre facility is designed to be a space that can be used flexibly to accommodate WIOCC and a broad range of local community groups. Due consideration has been given during the design process to ensuring that the building goes far beyond the existing facilities onsite in terms of usability. The proposals also provide 302 student bedrooms in Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) which are split across three blocks.
The accommodation will feature a range of studios and cluster flats which will include a proportion of affordable rooms. Residents will have access to internal and external amenity spaces including dedicated spaces for working, socialising and exercising.
The proposed development will employ sustainable development provisions throughout to meet and exceed the sustainability objectives of local and national policy and guidance, and for the benefits of future occupiers. The proposed development will focus on reducing carbon emissions, whilst increasing sustainability and student wellbeing.
Pedestrian access into the development is gained via either Autumn Street, or Carmoor Road. A proposed new street providing one way vehicle access from Carmoor Road through to Upper Brook Street via Autumn Street will provide for refuse collections, fire service access and student pick up/drop off at the start and end of term.
A secure residents cycle store and on-street provision will provide cycle spaces for visitors to the community centre and student accommodation. Due to its highly sustainable location, the development is designed to be largely car-free but there will be a number of accessible visitors car parking spaces provided.
Key regeneration benefits of the proposal are:
Redevelopment of a site within the central area of Manchester that offers potential for much greater land use efficiency.
New replacement purpose built community centre.
Significant direct and indirect investment in the immediate area to the benefit of the local economy.
Anticipated university support for the proposed development and its overall contribution to a redefining of student accommodation supply in Manchester, allied to wider regeneration strategies of the Council, education institutions and others. The approach means that the development is expected to come forward with university backing.
Positively contribute to student accommodation supply in South Manchester and reduce student reliance on Housing in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in line with the Council’s objectives.
Provision of affordable student accommodation, allowing for greater accessibility for a diverse range of students.
Sustainable regeneration credentials given proximity to the university and to the Upper Brook Street high frequency bus route.
A density of development which is consistent and compatible with existing developments and a layout and design that maximises efficiency in the use of space.
Facilitating the relocation of existing on-site uses, which would allow for continued operation in purpose built or tailored accommodation.
Enhancing the appearance of the site, improving connectivity and prioritising social wellbeing.
This mixed-use proposal including student accommodation will be submitted as an application for full planning permission.
In parallel, an outline planning application (some matters reserved) will be submitted to the Manchester City Council for its consideration of an alternative key mixed-use proposal for a key-worker co-living scheme. This too would also include a replacement community centre.
NEXT STEPS AND YOUR SAY ...
Host Student Housing Management (UK) Limited is seeking feedback and comments from local residents and stakeholders on the draft proposals, before planning applications are submitted to Manchester City Council. The planning applications will be supported by a wide range of technical reports and assessments.
We are keen to hear your views, to help shape the proposals. Your views are important to us. We hope that you will take a few minutes to send your thoughts using the comment form below.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions which are in place, we are not able to hold an in-person public consultation event. We have therefore tried to provide the right level of information online. Please forward these details onto anyone else you think may be interested (including those without internet access). You can use the comment form to record the views of others. All comments received will be fully considered.
Please ensure your feedback reaches us no later than 29 January 2021. There will be a further opportunity to provide your views directly to Manchester City Council once the planning applications are submitted in the forthcoming weeks.