The South Manchester community of Chorlton is set to embark on an exciting new chapter as consultation on the redevelopment of the Chorlton Shopping Centre site has begun. The project, named One Chorlton, will provide a detailed vision for the 3.2-acre site, with the views and feedback from local residents and the wider community shaping the plans.
Currently owned by the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, the site consists of a shopping precinct, Graeme House office block, and a ground-level car park. The project’s preferred developer, The P J Livesey Group, was appointed in the spring and has partnered with award-winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to explore the site’s optimal utilisation.
In a statement about the redevelopment, P J Livesey managing director, Georgina Lynch, emphasised the distinctive character of Chorlton, saying, “Chorlton has its own unique character and energy, and we want to understand local ambitions for the area and what we should be considering as we work on the masterplan.”
The developer aims to create a responsive neighbourhood by building up to 200 new energy-efficient homes for owner-occupiers, including affordable properties, fostering a thriving retail hub designed for local needs, and providing open spaces for gatherings. These goals are aligned with the evolving dynamics of how people live, work, shop, and spend their time.
Georgina added a commitment to not only listen to local people but actively involve them, believing that the project will significantly contribute to Chorlton’s economic growth during construction and the future.
The One Chorlton consultation will run until Monday 21st August, with several avenues for the public to share their opinions and suggestions, including online at www.onechorlton.co.uk, by writing to Freepost – HAVE YOUR SAY, or through questionnaires available at Chorlton Library or via Freephone 0800 680 1095. Additionally, updates on One Chorlton can be followed on social media platforms Instagram @onechorlton and on Facebook at facebook.com/onechorlton.
This consultation marks the first phase in a larger community engagement process, with further consultation, including in-person events, scheduled for later this year. It demonstrates a collaborative approach, keen to align the development with local aspirations, and marks a promising step towards a vibrant and inclusive future for the Chorlton community.