After years of false-starts, it looks like the precinct is finally going to be redeveloped – be sure to have your say on what should take its place
Greater Manchester Pension Fund, the owners of Chorlton Precinct, have appointed developers PJ Livesey to take the project forward. This isn’t about a quick lick of paint and some new signage, though: the site (which also includes the office block, Graeme House and the car park) will be totally flattened and completely reconfigured.
I think we’d all agree that the current precinct is tired, ugly and sad. The website for the redevelopment consultation – onechorlton.co.uk – offers a vision of a new neighbourhood, with housing, a healthy retail mix and green spaces, all of which will deliver local and economic benefits and a strong community vibe.
It all sounds excellent, as these things always do, but we really need to make sure that PJ Livesey understand what residents feel that Chorlton needs, before the planning application goes in.
Off the top of my head (and a personal view), this would include affordable housing for local people; an environmentally sustainable and energy-efficient development; thought given to linkages with the Picturehouse Project; better supporting infrastructure (especially with regard to healthcare); support/priority for displaced traders (a vibrant and independent district centre is what makes Chorlton interesting); public and event spaces, and built-in active travel infrastructure, which would encourage walking and cycling. We also need adequate parking for those who need to use their cars.
We want Chorlton to be a ‘destination’ – a place people want to live and work in, and to visit. We want a Chorlton that offers new opportunities for local people and a Chorlton that celebrates a vibrant community.
That’s my view – what’s yours? If they don’t know what we want, we’ll just be ‘done to’. Be sure to have your say – your view really is important. Consultation closes on 21 August.