Plans to transform vacant site at 788 Stockport Road, Levenshulme approved

Photo: Plans to transform vacant site at 788 Stockport Road, Levenshulme approved

Property developer Views announced it has received planning approval from Manchester City Council to transform the 0.5 acre island site at 788 Stockport Road, Levenshulme into 39 new homes and 5,500 sq ft of ground floor retail/leisure space.

Designed by architects Ollier Smurthwaite, inspiration has been taken from the surrounding established Victorian terraced streets, while also addressing Stockport Road and creating a truly modern, mixed use development. A lot of consideration has been given to making high quality and inviting shop frontages for the eight retail units which will provide opportunities for local entrepreneurs.

There will be 24, two bedroom and 12, one bedroom apartments on the upper floors and two, three bedroom townhouses facing Pennington Street. A 800 sq ft roof garden will provide a relaxing communal space for all residents, while seven new street trees will be planted to help contribute greenery and biodiversity to the adjoining terraced streets.

Modern materials will be used to help make the new homes and business spaces as sustainable and energy efficient as possible. Bicycle parking is provided for each new home, 22 car parking spaces are being provided for residents along with EV charging points.

Patrick Sheridan, senior development manager, Views said: “Gaining planning permission for 788 Stockport Road is a very significant step for us to bring this key, long time vacant site back into use, providing much needed new homes and high quality, attractive retail opportunities. We hope it will make a lasting, positive contribution to the wider local area, particularly along the busy Stockport Road corridor.”

Matt Ollier, Ollier Smurthwaite Architects said: “This part of Levenshulme has so much potential with good housing stock, a rail station, a park and its proximity to the city centre. It currently feels unloved with vacant sites and badly maintained buildings in need of some TLC. Our proposals for 788 Stockport Road draw on the areas historic character to create a high quality landmark building that will act as catalyst for further regeneration in the area.”

The planning announcement was featured in regional business titles including Place North West and Insider.