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Public consultation begins on draft Mayfield regeneration framework

A draft Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF) for Manchester’s Mayfield regeneration has been unveiled for public consultation.

The Mayfield Partnership – a joint venture between LCR, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and U+I – has published the document outlining the development principles to achieve a ‘world-class’ neighbourhood.

If adopted by the city council, the SRF will guide the project by setting a vision and key design parameters which will become a material consideration for decisions on future detailed planning applications.

Five new distinctive neighbourhoods are identified in the draft SRF and clustered around a 6.5-acre new city centre park straddling the banks of the River Medlock.

The document also details the retention of historic buildings including Mayfield Station and its platforms, the Mayfield Depot and the associated railway arches forming the Mayfield Partnership’s boundary along Temperance Street.

James Heather, development director at U+I, says: “We are very pleased to have reached the stage where we can put our proposed vision of a new Mayfield before the people of the city. In the 12 months or so since we were appointed as development partners, we’ve found a huge interest in the site from the public and this is their opportunity to respond and to tell us what they think of our plans.

“This is a key moment in the next chapter for Mayfield and we are sure the people of the city will be interested to see how far we’ve come.”

A period of formal public consultation is now underway after being given then green light by Manchester City Council’s executive yesterday (7 February).

Consultation events are lined up to take place at Medlock Primary School in Ardwick from 2-6pm on 1 March, Piccadilly Gardens from 9am-5pm on 3 March and Mayfield’s Temperance Street from 12-6pm on 8 March, 12-8pm on 9 March, 12-8pm on 10 March and 12-5pm on 11 March.

Following the consultation, an updated document incorporating comments from the public will be presented to the city council’s executive later in the year for final adoption.