16 May 2016
Image credit: Harris Partnership and Plan It.
A resolution has been secured to approve one of the UK’s largest town centre regeneration schemes at Prince’s Gate in Oldham, Greater Manchester.
The resolution follows work on behalf of Oldham Council by WYG’s planning and engineering teams in Manchester supported by architectural design proposals developed by the Manchester office of The Harris Partnership.
The town’s industrial legacy informed the design approach for the project which includes:
WYG managed the complex negotiations on heritage and utility issues with service providers and statutory consultees. These ensured that the development satisfied consultees’ objectives whilst still being commercially viable. WYG also ran an extensive public consultation programme last summer.
Paul Shuker, head of WYG’s Manchester planning team, said: “We are very proud to be part of the success of this amazing project which will transform this very deprived part of the town. The development will facilitate lasting sustainable development that engenders the ‘big bang’ concept that was part of the rationale to the Metrolink line extensions in 2014. It will help to reverse the fortunes of the town centre which has experienced decline over recent decades, and help build on the Council’s bold vision of regenerating the town centre by encapsulating town centre living.”
Prince’s Gate is expected to create more than 700 jobs and generate up to £19 million for the local economy each year. Construction will begin later this year, with the new redevelopment opening in 2018.