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St Michael’s plan avoids being called in by Secretary of State

Manchester’s St Michael’s development will go ahead after the Secretary of State confirmed it will not call the application in.

Former Manchester United footballer Gary Neville is behind the £200 million landmark mixed-use city centre project, which will include a five-star hotel, offices and leisure space.

Following the decision Neville says: “We are delighted that the Secretary of State has decided to not call in our revised plans for St Michael’s and that the vision for this landmark mixed-use scheme will be realised.

“It’s been more than a decade since the idea to regenerate a strategic city centre location was first considered – and our whole team is very pleased that we can focus on delivering this project for Manchester, bringing new high-quality development that will enhance the city’s position both nationally and internationally.”

Set to be located off Deansgate on Jackson’s Row the scheme, which will also include a 39-storey apartment tower, is expected to contribute more than £80m in gross value added to the economy and £147m in government tax revenues over 10 years.

An economic impact study has also estimated that around 1,500 jobs will be created, with a further 270 during the construction phase.

Alongside the 216-bedroom hotel, 148,000 sq ft of office space, 33,000 sq ft of leisure space and 189 homes, the development will also feature a public square in front of the refurbished Sir Ralph Abercromby pub, and a new synagogue will be built nearby.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, says: “Investment in Manchester is crucial to support our on-going regeneration and St Michael’s is a case in point for the type of high-quality development that our city centre needs.

“The Jackson’s Row area has been underwhelming and underused for too long and we welcome the decision by the Secretary of State to move this important project in to the next phase.”

Also speaking on behalf of the St Michael’s Partnership, Ryan Giggs, head coach of Wales and fellow former Manchester United footballer, adds: “My focus over the past few months has very much been on my role as head coach of Wales. However, I’ve continued to stay involved with Gary and the team on St Michael’s.

“I genuinely believe that St Michael’s is a truly brilliant scheme and will add to the quality of buildings currently on offer and improve the most central part of Manchester – a city that I love.

“It’s now about the hard work starting so St Michael’s can be enjoyed by people who both live in and visit our wonderful city.”

Stephen Hodder MBE, chairman of Hodder + Partners, is the architect on the St Michael’s project.