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MBLA unveils 'sustainable' east Manchester housing scheme

MBLA has released the first image of a new 400-home scheme overlooking the Ashton Canal in Clayton, east Manchester.

Backed by developer New City Vision, the project around the Eccleshall Street area is being branded as a highly 'environmentally sustainable' project and will create 211 two-, three- and four-bedroom houses as well as 196 two- and three-bedroom apartments.

The development, which was unveiled by urban-regeneration company New East Manchester (NEM) this morning, is also being supported by the government's controversial Housing Market Renewal Initiative (Pathfinder).

According to NEM, the scheme has been designed to reflect the demands of local residents who wanted buildings with 'large windows' made of brick.

At the heart of the development, just 3km from Manchester city centre, will be a new eco-park which will include a wildflower meadow, and hawthorn, holly and willow meadows.

Due to be built in three phases, work is expected to start on the first stage - two commercial units and 84 houses in four blocks - later this autumn.

by Richard Waite

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