IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the ‘stadium’ step’: Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville’s £200m Manchester plan opposed

BBC website 190218Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs’s £200m plan to redevelop part of Manchester city centre has been snubbed for a second time by conservationists.

BBC news writes:

After criticism from Historic England (HE) in July, plans to build one of two skyscrapers in the Jackson’s Row area of the city were scrapped. HE said it still could not back the St Michael’s scheme due to the ‘cumulative harm’ to nearby listed buildings.

… HE acknowledged the scheme ‘could really help with the regeneration of Manchester’, bringing some buildings back into… But … was ‘yet to be convinced’ the economic benefits… would outweigh the ‘harm caused to the significance of the heritage assets’…

HE has written to Manchester City Council which said that since the application was currently with its planning department, it would be inappropriate to comment at this stage…

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