There has been a progress report on the transformation of West Gorton over the last nine years. The report also looks to the area’s future including plans for a new community park.
The once-blighted area has benefited from comprehensive regeneration. This has been delivered by the Council working with key partners Homes England, The Guinness Partnership Ltd and Keepmoat Homes.
The alliance has improved housing quality and choice. It enhanced the environment and community facilities since the programme was agreed in 2009.
The progress since then includes 144 Council homes transferred to The Guinness Partnership for extensive improvement works.
Also included are 171 new social rented properties were built by the Council and another 41 new homes by The Guinness Partnership. A total of 440 obsolete properties, including two tower blocks, were demolished.
The Armitage Primary School was extended to provide new teaching and administrative facilities. £10.6m was invested in redeveloping parts of the former Fujitsu complex to create a new 360,000 sq ft drama production hub, The Space Project.
The hub opened in 2014 and is proving popular with TV production companies.
Also included in the report is a new purpose-built Community Hub, which includes the relocated West Gorton Medical Centre. It also has a pharmacy and new shops and was built and opened in 2017.
This year will see work start on a new community park and open space improvements, paid for through more than 1.5 million Euros of European Commission funding.
The project will be used to demonstrate the wider positive impacts high quality green space can have.
A new £1.43m 30-place nursery for two-year-olds with childcare and play scheme facilities plus space for community use is also in the pipeline. Planning consent has been obtained and construction works due to start in March.