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Neville ‘encouraged by positive response’ as second St Michael’s consultation launches

Gary Neville says he has been “encouraged by the generally positive response” to revised plans for his controversial St Michael’s scheme.

Neville was speaking as a second public consultation on the huge mixed-use development opened at the Grand Hall of Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre.

The St Michael’s Partnership consultation is on the latest part of revised proposals put forward in July which included retaining the Sir Ralph Abercromby pub as well as keeping the former Bootle Street Police Station frontage.

Other changes to the original plans include a single tower, rather than the twin towers envisaged in the original proposal, now located on the western edge of the site away from the town hall.

At the July consultation, more than 400 people visited the exhibition, and 84% of people who responded provided some form of positive feedback, with around 10% opposed.

View of the St. Michael’s scheme from Deansgate

On behalf of St Michael’s Partnership, Gary Neville says: “This scheme has attracted national interest as well as passionate views in the Manchester community.

“We promised to present the tower and rooftop designs to seek responses before we submit the final plan for consent, and so we’re delighted to reveal them now.

“We were encouraged by the generally positive response to July’s consultation and by calls from certain quarters to be bold in our ambition and create something remarkable on the city’s skyline.

“We have kept faith with our central vision of creating a true world-class, mixed-use destination with a signature development of the highest quality including residential living, Grade A offices, a five-star hotel, exciting retail and leisure units and unique outdoor spaces.

“The confidence of investors and occupiers has been retained throughout this process and, subject to planning approval, we will be on site by spring/early summer 2018.”

Members of the public are invited to view the new designs at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester from 11am-7pm on 23 August.