Manchester City Council's executive yesterday approved a new regeneration framework for the former ITV site on Quay Street, which included the intention to save the 'secret' Granada garden following lobbying from residents and councillors.
Residents and councillors launched a campaign to save the park when ITV sold the site and its future was in doubt.
We also called for a number of commitments as part of any development, including significant and high quality public realm, a mixed residential offer with sufficient provision for families, diversity in the commercial offering including thought about cultural provision and integration with the wider St Johns area including linkages with St John's Gardens.
Cllr Kevin Peel said:
"We're delighted that all of our representations are reflected in the final approved version of the regeneration framework and as the council is a partner in the development we can ensure that these areas are addressed in any future plans.
"We are particularly pleased that we have managed to save the secret park and we'd like to look at removing the walls barring access to the park as soon as possible and better connecting it with St John's Gardens across Lower Byrom Street."
Cllr Beth Knowles said:
"It is really refreshing to see plans for a new development where greenery, public realm and a sense of neighbourhood take precedence; credit for this must go to all of the residents and local stakeholders who took part in the design process and made sure their voices and concerns were heard loud and clear.
"I also welcome the focus on collaborative working spaces, which will help to boost our burgeoning creative industries in the city centre and look forward to seeing the site grow to become part of our city centre community."
We're keen to support the establishment of an active 'Friends of St. John's Gardens' group. If you're interested please get in touch.