Chorlton Vision

Making Chorlton a better place

A Neighbourhood Plan for Chorlton

Context

In 2005, the Civic Society took part in Manchester City Council’s Local Development Framework planning system consultation. They then worked with MMU’s Environment and Development department to develop a plan for Chorlton, which was subject to further public consultation, managed by the society.

Vision

“A neighbourhood plan for Chorlton-cum-Hardy must be established to tackle the significant problems faced by the suburb of Manchester as it progresses into the 21st century. Chorlton has an identity that needs to be preserved and enhanced, relying on its people to help create a welcoming, inclusive and attractive neighbourhood.

The guidance created will help develop an urban environment with a unique and positive sense of place which is not only visually attractive but responds to the needs of its community both now and in the future.” (2006)

Key recommendations

A Design Framework for Chorlton, embedded in future development policy, with demonstrable benefits of a design-led approach,

  • To maintain and protect the character of Chorlton, challenging inappropriate development, with particular reference to conservation areas and key/gateway locations.
  • To introduce and protect green network – leisure and play spaces, street trees, alleyways, community gardens, pocket parks etc
  • An integrated transport network, with better bus stops and within easy reach of people’s homes
  • More, and better, footpaths and cycleways, including secure bike parking
  • A housing density of no more than 50 units per hectare; allocated parking spaces, including Home Zone parking schemes. An end to high-density, flatted developments.
  • A limit of 30% occupancy for bars, cafés and restaurants (A3 and A4) to protect retail in the district centre. No more A5 (takeaways).
  • Shop shutters that retain window visibility when closed; retail restrictions outside the district centre unless as part of mixed-used development
  • Street displays subject to planning permission
  • A location limit for business developments, but more flexible provision for smaller enterprise units, including live-work units in new developments.
  • An enhanced leisure offer in the district centre; protection of local allotments and playing fields

Eight additional site-specific proposals.