Manchester Friends of the Earth objection to City Council’s application to turn the derelict Central Retail Park into a temporary (5-years plus) 440 space car park

18th August 2019

Manchester Friends of the Earth have submitted an objection to the planning application. See below for the outline of our objection letter. The full response is available (PDF)

Traffic congestion on Great Ancoats Street

Dear Manchester City Council planning department,

Please see below for the Manchester Friends of the Earth response to the planning application for the use of Central Retail Park, Great Ancoats Street as a temporary car park.

Our response is arranged in four key sections, namely that the planning application:


1) fails to meet key Transport Policy objectives in the Manchester Core Strategy.
2) will increase the number of car parking spaces which will encourage more people to travel by car to this area of the City Centre contrary to Manchester City Council sustainable transport policies.
3) is likely to increase private car traffic which would contribute to increased air pollution
4) is contrary to the actions required to radically reduce climate change emissions from the transport sector.

Manchester Friends of the Earth believe that this planning application is contrary to the stated Manchester City Council transport, environmental, Core Strategy and climate policies.

We would therefore request that the Planning & Highways Committee members should exercise their powers and refuse this planning application.
We thank you for your attention on this matter.Central Retail Park planning application- Manchester Friends of the Earth response 5th August 2019Download