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Locals invited to have a say on Grey Mare Lane estate regeneration plan

A consultation has opened today to gather feedback from locals on the masterplan for the Grey Mare Lane estate in east Manchester.

The estate was built by Manchester City Council more than 50 years ago and holds great potential for regeneration as part of the ongoing transformation of east Manchester.

The council has been reviewing and updating a previous 2021 masterplan for the 23ha estate – around 23 football pitches in size – expanding the ambition of the proposals to a larger footprint that will look to deliver at least 1,000 new homes – including a significant number of new affordable homes and new green spaces.

The aim is to develop a future-proofed, highly sustainable neighbourhood for existing and new residents, with community being a key focus of the plan.

The masterplan presents a high-level overview of the regeneration opportunities within the estate and outlines potential approaches to its delivery.

Potential projects

  • Opportunities to develop up to 1,000 new homes including significant new affordable housing
  • Upgrades to existing streets and introduction of new cycle lanes, pedestrian walking routes, sustainable drainage systems, and street greening.
  • Improved green space with provision of play equipment for children of all ages
  • Creating a true heart and focal point in the estate with improved retail, community and health offer
  • Introduction of a school street or play street between the East Manchester Academy and St Brigid’s School to promote safe streets for children
  • Reducing the number of lanes at the junction between Bell Crescent and Alan Turing Way
  • Creation of new access routes onto Grey Mare Lane from Newcombe Close and Raglan Close

First development plot

Great Places, a northern housing association, will also begin targeted engagement around their development at the site on the corner of Grey Mare Lane and Ashton New Road from June 5 – and will be part of the in-person consultation event.

The proposed scheme will deliver a block of 66 apartments for social rent providing a landmark gateway development into the masterplan area.

This means residents can find out about the overall masterplan for the estate and, at the same time, learn more about the site planned for development.

To note a planning application will be submitted alongside the masterplan for the estate and Great Places have been working closely with the council and the masterplan architect to ensure that our proposals are aligned.

Architect BDP has delivered the masterplan on behalf of the Grey Mare Lane partnership.

Have your say

Local people can provide their feedback online

Any questions should be directed to: [email protected]

Residents are invited to an in-person drop-in event on June 5, between 2.30pm and 6.30pm at the Grange, 4 Pilgrim Drive, M11 3TQ.

Consultation closes on 30 June 2024.

Cllr Gavin White said: “The Grey Mare Lane estate is, for many reasons, a great place to live.  There are already lots of affordable homes, great connections to the city centre via various public transport options, schools and colleges close by, and this community is at the heart of the transformation of the wider area – now globally recognised for sport and leisure.

“However, 50 years after the estate was first built by the council, this neighbourhood needs investment that will keep it in step with the wider area. And we know residents have been waiting patiently for the plans to come forward.

“The council has updated the masterplan for the estate with ambitious proposals to build at least 1,000 new homes in the area – alongside green spaces and new routes for walking and cycling. Now we need local people to give us their feedback and I’d urge as many people to take part as possible.”







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