Nuveen has been working on a new Development Framework for Manchester Fort Shopping Park which seeks to establish an exciting new long-term vision for the site.
Who is Nuveen?
Nuveen is one of the biggest investment management companies in the world with over 120 years’ experience. They have a large portfolio of global investments, including Manchester Fort Shopping Park.
About Manchester Fort
Manchester Fort is the largest shopping park of its kind in Greater Manchester. It successfully serves the local community and significantly contributes to the economy of north Manchester.
As a result of changing shopping behaviours, the owners of the site are now considering the future of Manchester Fort and are looking to re-vitalise the site and to diversify the experience to help ensure the park’s longevity.
Manchester Fort Shopping Park is located at the intersection of Cheetham Hill Road and Queens Road. At present the Shopping Park is mostly occupied by high street brands including Boots, Nike, Argos and H&M. There is a limited food and beverage offer including a McDonalds.
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What are the plans for Manchester Fort?
Over the longer term, to provide a more diverse experience - this has the potential to include more flexible retail space, an expanded food and beverage offer, a new cinema and a hotel. Nuveen also propose making enhancements to the public realm in and around the Park making it more useable and inviting for pedestrians.
As a major employer for the area, the redevelopment will also provide additional employment opportunities.
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Expanding the evening economy
Manchester Fort currently only caters for the daytime economy. The introduction of a new cinema and expanded food and drink offer will extend the appeal of the destination into the evening. The hotel will also help to maintain evening activity, and help enhance the provision in north Manchester.
What is the purpose of the Development Framework
The Development Framework will establish guiding principles for future development of the site. Once approved by Manchester City Council it will become material consideration in the determination of planning applications on site. It will provide clarity and a long term vision which can inform and encourage significant local investment.
The story so far
In Summer 2019, Nuveen led a period of early public consultation on the proposed vision for the site. During this initial public consultation we shared our plans and invited feedback on them. The feedback received was compiled and reported in the ‘consultation report’ at the link below.
In March 2020, the City Council’s Executive approved the Manchester Fort 2020s Vision for a further stage of public consultation.
Have your say
The second stage of public consultation on the draft Development Framework document has now closed. All feedback will now be considered by Manchester City Council. We are grateful to everyone who provided feedback on the proposals.
What happens next?
The feedback received during the City Council’s public consultation will be considered and where appropriate, fed into the final Manchester Fort 2020s Vision. The document will then go back to the Executive at a future meeting for endorsement. If the Development Framework is endorsed it will become a material planning consideration which means that it will be taken into account when considering any future planning applications for the site.