125799/FO/2019 - John Dalton West / John Dalton Tower Chester Street M1 5GD - Deansgate Ward
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The application related to the demolition of the existing John Dalton West Building and associated structures, and erection of a new 7 storey education building for the Faculty of Science and Engineering, physical connections to and external refurbishment of the John Dalton Tower, hard and soft landscaping works, car and cycle parking and associated works.
The Planning Officer drew the Committee’s attention to a comment from a local resident which had been forwarded by Councillor Johns who supported this resident’s comments. The resident supported the scheme but requested that there should be no construction traffic on the street and requested that the developer support foot and cycle access around the Mancunian Way. The Planning Officer then confirmed that a pedestrian crossing had been included as part of the plans and would be positioned on Cambridge Street, also confirming that the developer will have a construction management plan with regard to construction vehicles.
The applicant then addressed the Committee and explained that the new building was for Manchester University stating that staff and students were constrained on the current site and there was an overall need for modernising the facilities. The new build would support the science faculties and, if approved, would attract staff and students on an international level whilst also strengthening local partnerships, such as with NHS Manchester. Furthermore, the facilities would promote forms of sustainable travel in reducing parking spaces for personal use.
Councillor Davies, representing Deansgate Ward, welcomed the application stating that MMU was an important component in Manchester’s approach to developing strategies to counter future health issues. However, Councillor Davies raised a concern about the consultation area and felt that some residents adjacent to the proposed development had already been impacted by other recent developments. Councillor Davies requested that MMU maintain a dialogue with local residents and do their utmost to have a minimal impact on those living nearby.
Councillor Andrews proposed to move the application and the Committee gave this their unanimous support.
To approve the application, subject to the conditions and reasons set out in the report submitted and the Late Representations submitted.
Publication date: 29/06/2020
Date of decision: 12/03/2020
Decided at meeting: 12/03/2020 - Planning and Highways Committee