Mar 2005

Exciting new plans for a new shopping, leisure and commercial development which will boost the regeneration of Openshaw in East Manchester and create up to 700 new jobs are to be exhibited for the first time.

The £25 million scheme to redevelop Openshaw District Centre - which will vastly improve shopping and leisure facilities in the area - will be on display at St Peterís School Sports Hall, Trevor Street, off Toxteth Street, Openshaw on Tuesday 8 March and Thursday 10 March from 3 Ė 7 pm.

The consultation events are being held to is to ask local residents for their views on three different options for the scheme and gauge public support for the plans.

New East Manchester and development partner Dransfield Properties Ltd. are working to attract a major retailer to anchor the scheme and occupy an 83,000 sq ft supermarket at the site, which will front onto Ashton Old Road and is bounded by Turton Street and Fairfield Road.

The mixed use development will also feature other shops, offices and leisure facilities.

At the same time plans will be unveiled for the proposed refurbishment and extension of St. Peterís Sports Hall and the creation of an outdoor sports facility.

Sean McGonigle, East Manchester New Deal for Communities Coordinator, said: " This is a tremendous opportunity for local residents and other stakeholders to have their say on plans for Openshaw District Centre. As the regeneration of Openshaw proceeds, we want to ensure that the Centre is able to thrive and that it contains the right mix of shops and other facilities to meet the needs of everyone who lives in, works in and visits the area. "


For further information, contact:-

Public Relations Department, Dransfield Properties Ltd
Tel: 01226 360644

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