Manchester Metropolitan University’s (MMU’s) plans to establish an Institute of Sport next to Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium – in a move that could kick-start the next stage of regeneration in the east of the city – are “gathering momentum”, with a number of important land deals in the works.
In March 2017, Manchester City Council’s Executive endorsed the draft Eastlands Regeneration Framework for consultation, which included plans to create a higher education campus, commercial development aimed at sports-related businesses, a hotel, a strengthened food and drink offering, and more homes.
In December, the authority’s Executive gave approval to the initiative, with the same report also confirming that MMU would establish the Manchester Metropolitan Institute of Sport on a Sports and Innovation Zone (SIZ).
Central to the establishment of the SIZ is the acquisition of all of the interests within the Edwin Road Industrial Estate on the western side of the Etihad Campus. At its meeting in December, the Executive approved a purchase and noted that the strategy could require the council to “explore the use of its compulsory purchase order powers to secure such an outcome”.
In an update to the Economy Scrutiny Committee, which is set to meet later today (18 July 2018), it was stated that “good progress has been made in terms of engaging with all of the existing businesses and landowners”.
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