Save Rockdove Gardens

Redbricks residents (@redbricksonline)   Manchester is gridlocked with road redevelopments and high rise building sites bringing our city to a standstill. This is all meant to bring business, money, development into the city. Yet who is actually benefiting, who is making these decisions and who inevitably suffers? What place does local democracy and accountability have …

To Manchester City Council: take a stand against the PSPO

By Greater Manchester Law Centre (@gmlawcentre)     What is the PSPO? Manchester City Council are proposing to give themselves new powers using a PSPO. Under these powers any “authorised person” including a council officer can issue a person suspected of breaching the PSPO with a fixed penalty notice and fine of £100. Proposed breaches …

From Homes to Assets: An update on housing financialisation in Manchester for 2018/19

By Dr Richard Goulding and Dr Jonathon Silver   We’re at a critical time in Manchester’s urban development, with its city centre boom continuing since 2014 at the same time as the city’s model of property-led regeneration is coming under challenge both inside and outside the town hall. Building on GMHA’s previous research into financialisation, …

Short shrift for short term lets

By Cllr Suzanne Richards (@CllrSuzanne)     Along with most other cities in the UK, Manchester has seen a rapid growth in short-term lets (AirBnB being one of the most common) from virtually no listings in 2013 to over 2,600 listings in 2019.   Only last week, Amsterdam, Barcelona, ​​Berlin, Bordeaux, Brussels, Krakow, Munich, Paris, …

Greater Manchester Housing Strategy statement

By GMHA (@gmhousingaction)   50,000 affordable homes by 2037, 30,000 of them social or with affordable rent. A headline of ‘safe, decent, affordable housing for all’. The Greater Manchester Housing Strategy certainly contains some strong ambition. At the moment however it is just paper and the world is full of strategies. To realise the ambition …

Event: Land for the Many

By Ben Clay (@ben_clay)   We can create a future where everyone lives in a decent home they can afford, the rich and big companies pay their fair share of tax, and communities can take back control of decisions about their future, prioritising social and environmental concerns, over profiteering development and rent seeking. Land for …

Don’t sell out Shudehill!

By Sam Wheeler   The decision by the planning committee last week to approve the Salboys development on Shudehill is incomprehensible. It must be fought.   Last year Salboys, the construction arm of billionaire bookie Fred Done’s empire, put in a bid to build a 13 storey development in the Northern Quarter, one of the …

The Tenant Fees Act: What it means for housing campaigners

By Josie Hicklin Having recently finished the LPC Josie is a volunteer in the law centre’s housing department. She is also a yoga teacher exploring how to make yoga accessible to vulnerable and marginalised groups.   Housing rights campaigners have been celebrating the long-awaited ban on lettings agents charging sky-high fees to tenants. The lettings …

Event: City of Segregation meets Big Capital

By Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit, University of Salford  When: 25 June 2019, 16:30-19:30 Where: University of Salford MediaCityUK campus (directions available here) Register for free attendance here   Los Angeles may seem a long way from Manchester, but with a century of vibrant civil rights struggle on the one hand and an ever-evolving effort …