Housing-led Gorton vision given the green light by Manchester council

The council has approved a masterplan for the area that proposes to deliver 400 homes.

By Emma Davidson | 31 January 2023

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Image: Manchester City Council

Manchester City Council has approved plans to transform its Gorton district, delivering 400 homes alongside various interventions over the next few years. This also comes after the council’s decision to green light other proposals for the transformation of Wythenshawe earlier this month. 

Alongside mixed tenure housing delivered on Brownfield sites across the area, there are plans to improve the public realm and upgrade / futureproof Gorton’s indoor market. 

Image: Gorton Market

Designed by OPEN and Cushman and Wakefield, the proposals outline key opportunities:

North of Garrett Way – around Sibley Street, Wellington Street and Hampden Crescent

New apartments and townhouses are set to be welcomed to this area of the district, including the renovation of Gorton Library and a reconfiguration of the leisure centre to make way for affordable housing. 

There are also plans for new commercial, retail and food opportunities, as well as improved footpaths and cycle lanes according to the council.

Gorton Market

This covers improving and remodelling the archaic market to create a larger space for the external outdoor venue. Plans could also see the surrounding Wellington Street area developed through housing, retail and commercial venues. 

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Garratt Way and the Gorton hub loop

The main aim with this area is to create a more pedestrian friendly environment that’s more attractive to visitors. 

Speaking of the plans, Cllr Gavin White, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and development said: “The recent consultation has given us some real impetus to push forward with further investment in the Gorton District Centre.

There are some key areas from the responses that we will now ensure are key principles for development, including new affordable housing, a new public square and more shops – but also to assure a future for the Gymnastics centre, which has had a home in the local area for some time.”    

The adoption of the Gorton strategy comes after a period of public consultations on the proposals.