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Regeneration of former dye works in Blackley moves a step closer

Manchester, 18 February 2009 – Proposals for the redevelopment of a former dye works in Blackley, north Manchester, have taken a step closer with local developer Blackley Mere Developments Ltd, trading as Rolincourt, this week submitting an outline planning application to Manchester City Council.

Rolincourt is seeking planning consent to transform the former industrial site [on – can we insert a street/road name?] into a high quality residential environment; including new family homes and retirement flats along with open spaces including a riverside walkway/cycleway. In addition, a range of improvements are planned for the remaining reservoir which will enhance facilities for Broughton Angling Club who use the water, as well as providing a visual centrepiece for the development. 

Stephen Barker, of Rolincourt, said: “We have undertaken extensive discussions with the local community and Broughton Angling Club and have been extremely encouraged by the generally positive response to our proposals.”

The outline planning application is accompanied by an indicative masterplan and range of technical assessments which address a wide range of environmental issues, such as flood risk and ecology. A decision on the planning application is expected by May 2009.

Andy Frost, director at property consultants Jones Lang La Salle and planning consultant to Rolincourt, added: “The consultancy team has carefully developed an outline masterplan for the site which is both environmentally sustainable and economically viable.”

He added: “Clearly this site is no longer suited for industrial uses. A contemporary and more beneficial function should be created which can regenerate the site further and unlock wider benefits for the local community.  This is precisely the rationale we have followed.  The provision of new family homes and retirement flats, alongside additional open space and public access to the riverside are key features of the masterplan.”