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Planning Permission Granted for Manchester City Centre Development

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Developers have received planning permission for the next step of an ambitious scheme to regenerate the northern quarter of Manchester city centre – the so-called Smithfield Project.

Manchester City Council approved developer Muse’s plans as part of its wider Northern Quarter regeneration scheme. As part of the Smithfield Project, Muse will build 77 new apartments – comprising a mixture of one, two and three bedroom flats – plus some 560 square metres of new office and commercial space. When it’s finished, the additional housing stock should prove a boon to city centre estate agents as part of Manchester’s ongoing regeneration.

The Smithfield Project has been underway for the past decade, and last year it scooped the gong for mixed-use development of the year at the Regeneration & Renewal Awards. Work on the next phase of the project is due to commence later in the year.

Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese commented: “The Northern Quarter is a key element of the regeneration of Manchester city centre and this scheme is further evidence that it remains a thriving residential and commercial location.”