An ambitious city-wide plan to drive development in the city for the next 15 years has been drawn up by the council and will cement Manchester as one of the world’s leading cities.
The Core Strategy, which will be adopted by the city next month, has outlined an approach that will see a programme of regeneration transform neighbourhoods and encourage economic growth through to 2027.
A focus for visitors, Manchester city centre will expand its commercial strengths through around 75,000sqm of new retail space, incorporating a variety of high-quality accommodation types and sizes, for mixed retail, leisure, entertainment and tourism use.
New public realm areas incorporating much of the city centre, including St Peter’s Square and Victoria Street, will create safe pedestrian areas, boosting footfall and helping to encourage visitors through improved transport options and well supported tourism and cultural facilities.
Paul Willan, an experienced lawyer at Linder Myers in Manchester commented: “Manchester has not been immune from the effects of the recession and this investment in the city is vital to make sure the city continues to grow. It is clear that the city will continue to thrive in the coming years”.
Manchester’s approach will have sustainability at its heart, from green and environmental issues to population and communities.
The strategy aims to make sure every job is accessible by public transport, by bike or by foot. Improving choice by developing alternatives to the car not only helps to meet the challenge of climate change by reducing carbon emissions, but also reduces congestion, air pollution and road accident casualties.
Paul added; “Professional companies may want to consider a move to a city centre location as I envisage that the population in Manchester will grow substantially in the next fifteen years and this will help the city remain an attractive and popular city. The knock on effect for city centre based companies, can only be a positive one”. “It is clear that Manchester is capable of attracting new business and investment and it will maintain its reputation as a world-leading, forward thinking city”.
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