Grey Mare Lane Plans are Approved

Posted 18 Nov 2021

Yesterday, the executive committee at Manchester City Council endorsed the transformational Strategic Regeneration Framework for the Grey Mare Lane Estate in east Manchester.

Containing many One Manchester homes, the current estate was built 50 years ago and homes in the area vary in age, construction and condition. Because of this, many of the homes have poor sustainability standards due to their outdated design and the approved plans aim to help with this.  

We've been working with Manchester City Council on the Strategic Regeneration Framework for the Grey Mare Lane Estate since 2017 and since 2018, we've been consulting with tenants, residents, and the wider community to develop a masterplan strategy for the neighbourhood. These plans will require a multi-phase development programme and will create new affordable housing, improved public spaces, a new community hub and new high street along Grey Mare Lane itself. 

The proposals include: 

  • Demolishing 124 outdated, poor-quality maisonettes, flats and older houses.  
  • Building 124 new social rent low carbon homes, plus another 166 mixed tenure homes, including affordable rent and shared ownership properties.  
  • Retrofit of existing homes as part of the Government’s decarbonisation funding, through over-cladding, re-roofing, new windows and doors to improve energy efficiency and thermal comfort. (Retrofitting homes that are not managed by One Manchester will be subject to Government funding) 
  • Replacing the current community centre with a new Community Hub within the neighbourhood 
  • Developing a community-led high street, including options for community café, local business units and community enterprise units.  
  • Neighbourhood-wide landscaped public realm and environmental enhancements, along with traffic calming measures. 

The estate transformation will include disposing of City Council-owned land to One Manchester for the proposed new housing.  

Now that the council have endorsed these proposals, we will develop planning applications for the regeneration of the Grey Mare Lane estate through a phased approach and we'll start submitting them to the local planning authority in the coming months.  

Judy Noah, One Manchester Director of Development, said:

"I am delighted that following the delays of the last 18 months due to Covid, we are now moving forward with our plans to transform the Grey Mare Lane neighborhood. We’ve spent the summer engaging with residents over our proposals and in the new year we plan to start working up the detail. One Manchester are excited to be bringing forward this regeneration scheme with the support of, and in partnership, with the City Council and the local community."

Cllr Gavin White, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “East Manchester has seen some incredible development in the last two decades, which has really transformed this part of the city from a largely disused, former industrial neighbourhood into a globally recognised sport and leisure destination.  

"The Grey Mare Lane estate has stood in the shadow of this development and although there has been key investment in the community in recent years – including a new secondary school, library and leisure centre – this programme of development will be the first in some decades.  

"Our focus here will be to increase access to social and affordable homes for local people, employing a host of low carbon technologies to ensure the homes are as sustainable as possible – and low cost for residents – alongside a wealth of other neighbourhood improvements. 

"We know this is a long time coming for some residents and we hope these proposals will be welcomed by the community."

To find out more about our Grey Mare Lane estate redevelopment, please visit our dedicated page

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