Plans approved for affordable Ancoats housing scheme

Designed for This City, the scheme will deliver 118 new homes.

exterior visual of rodney street townhouses in daylight

Plans have been approved for the development of 118 new homes located on land between Rodney Street and Ancoats Green.

Designed for This City – Manchester City Council’s new development arm – the project will include a mix of 27 one bed and 91 two bed apartments, alongside 10 town houses, eight of which will be three bed and two of which will be four bed.

30% of the homes will be made available at the Manchester Living Rent, which is capped at the Government’s Local Housing Allowance rate, making the development affordable to residents on housing benefit – increasing the number of homes available to people on lower incomes in the city centre.

Key to the design is ensuring that the development contributes to Manchester’s 2038 Zero Carbon ambitions by providing well insulated homes that will lower energy costs for residents. The town houses will each also include a parking space with electric vehicle charging points, and private gardens to the rear.

An extensive landscape scheme and a significant number of new trees will also be planted as part of the place making public realm works, which will complement a wider public realm strategy that looks to make Ancoats a low-carbon, sustainable neighbourhood with a focus on active travel, walking and cycling routes.

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Andy Avery, director at Buttress, said: “The proposals for Rodney Street will not only provide much needed housing that will meet the needs of a wide range of Mancunians, but they will also help advance the city’s 2038 Zero Carbon ambitions through the use of sustainable design and technologies. With planning now in place, we look forward to moving ahead with the next stage of development and contributing to the ongoing regeneration of the area.”

The Rodney Street site forms part of a coordinated phase of development we are delivering for the City Council, Manchester Life Development Company and Great Places across five underused sites in the Poland Street area of Ancoats and two sites in New Islington. Together, the schemes we are involved with will deliver over 300 new homes to meet a range of housing needs and provide space for more local businesses and the community.