The recent consultation by Manchester City Council on a planning framework for three potential housing sites has challenged many of us who care about the future of Chorlton as a great place to live.
The initial idea of building “executive homes” on Ryebank Fields owned by Manchester Metropolitan University has been the touchpoint that has surfaced significant concerns in the community. There have so far been two main responses, both valid from their differing perspectives. One is that we should initially explore options that meet housing and community needs and aspirations which align, as far as possible, with Manchester’s wider social and environmental objectives. The other is that we should fight to stop this valuable green space in our city being built on.
This newly formed Chorlton Community Led Housing group supports the first approach and take some heart from the recently approved Council report which states that: “any planning application process should be informed by a meaningful participatory approach involving local resident groups.”
The group supports the principles outline on this website and encourages others to join with us to help develop and shape ideas for discussion with the Council and Manchester Metropolitan University.