Deloitte Real Estate's Manchester Planning team has played
an integral part in the preparation of the draft Manchester
Residential Design Quality Guide and will continue to advise
Manchester City Council as the document is developed up to its
publication in early 2017.
This is the first time that Manchester has produced a
residential design guide and is brought forward in the context of
the City's aspiration for delivering 25,000 new homes over the
next 10 years.
There has been an increase in the number of residential schemes
under construction or securing planning in recent years. Against
this context, Manchester City Council wanted a document that will
assist in securing a legacy of better quality residential
development into the future.
The Guidance sets out the key ingredients that should be
addressed in designing, building and managing residential
development in order to achieve what Manchester expects. It does
not replicate established legislation and policy standards set out
elsewhere but is designed to identify minimum standards for
residential development where appropriate whilst at the same time
allowing sufficient flexibility so as not to stifle innovative,
Once approved, the Guidance will become a material consideration
in the determination of future planning applications.
The draft Guidance was published for consultation in Autumn 2016
and a final version is due to be published at the end of the
Does my planning application need to consider the draft?
In its current form, the draft document has limited material
weight in planning decisions. However, the draft Guidance has been
endorsed by the City's executive and so provides a clear
indication of Manchester's expectations for residential design
proposals. Development proposals that successfully address the
draft at this stage are therefore more likely to be able to make a
robust design case.
Once a final version is published, the Council will expect all
residential planning applications to address the Guidance. If you
are currently progressing a scheme that is in the pre-application
phase, the determination of your forthcoming application may take
place after the final version has been published and so we would
recommend project teams familiarise themselves with the emerging
What do you think?
We would also be happy to discuss any questions you may have
about the document and welcome any comments directly in addition to
those you may wish to formally make as part of the
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about your specific circumstances.
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