Plans for a 171 bed hotel, comprising 9 no. storeys of hotel accommodation and ancillary uses including ground floor café, plus basement and screened rooftop plant area and tower feature have been submitted.
The current building shown below would be demolished.
This is an anticipated submission, a previous application having been rejected for being too tall amongst other matters.
I’m instinctively supportive of a hotel being built in this area so close to Manchester United. Retail space in the Red Chippy Village is almost exclusively focused on supporting match days. It’s clear that the vitality of the area would benefit from more people being around outside match days.
Whether this is the right application is something that residents should have a say on and I’ll be very interested in the reaction.
The Local Government Association wants to see the Licensing Act updated to include a public health objective and allow for action where premises fail to protect the health of their communities. Councils also need greater access to NHS data, including hospital admissions and ambulance call-out details to assist decision making.
Councils can only currently consider four issues when deciding whether to grant licences – the prevention of crime and disorder; public safety; prevention of public nuisance; and protection of children from harm.
I very much support this. In most cases, it would make no difference to the granting of a license but allowing a more balanced view of the application and giving the licensee a focus on public health considerations would be very welcome and would nudge forward improvements in licensing takeaways and pubs etc.