Residents invited to comment on new plans for former Origin site

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Urban & Civic launch informal resident consultation on new plans for former Origin site on Princess / Whitworth Street.

Local residents have been invited to give your views on new plans for the one acre site on the corner of Princess Street and Whitworth Street by new owners Urban & Civic.

The site, which has lain derelict for over 20 years, was previously granted planning permission for development in 2007 and substantial work was completed on underground parking before the former owners went into administration. The site has been left in limbo ever since.

New owners Urban & Civic have drawn up plans for a new mixed use development consisting of three buildings, one hotel and two apartment blocks, with ground floor retail and restaurant space which they say will be offered to local artisan businesses and not national chains.

Councillors Kevin Peel and Joan Davies met today (11th September) to preview the plans and discuss concerns with the developers. Cllr Kevin Peel said:

"We welcome the more open and engaging approach of the new owners and their attempts to make the designs more suited to the surrounding area than their predecessors. We are also encouraged by plans to support local retail and restaurant businesses and open up the space through a new pedestrian route linking Brazil Street to Princess Street and new well designed green space and public realm, giving the site a community feel. We do have some concerns about the impact of the scale of the buildings on neighbouring residents and we will be looking at this carefully. We encourage residents to attend the drop-in sessions today and tomorrow and to express your views during the informal and formal consultation periods."

Residents are invited to view the plans and meet the developers at drop-in sessions at the Double Tree Hilton on the corner of Piccadilly and London Road, running from 1.30pm to 7pm today and 10am to 4pm tomorrow.

You can e-mail your views to engagement@princess-whitworthcorner.co.uk, copying in your local councillors, or complete the online consultation form at www.princess-whitworthcorner.co.uk, where you can also view the plans. The informal consultation closes on 25th September.


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