Moss Naylor Young have just been commissioned to promote a regeneration scheme in East Manchester with the working title “Project Gorton”: Gorton is an area that has suffered relative decline in the last 30 years with the revitalisation of the city centre and subsequently the Eastlands Regeneration following the Commonwealth Games and the relocation of Manchester City Football Club. Moss Naylor Young’s initial brief is to assist in forming a coalition of the willing, including Manchester City Council and United Utilities, both of whom own substantial land holdings in the area. A regeneration corridor has been identified passing through some of the most deprived areas of Greater Manchester. Moss Naylor Young are identifying a vision along this former transport corridor which links Eastlands with Gorton Reservoir, creating a destination around the lake.
Moss Naylor Young are involved in the remodelling and regeneration of Frome Town Centre: Frome is a market town with a population of around 25,000 on the Somerset/Wiltshire Border, with an 18th century street pattern in the centre and a number of historic buildings that have collectively fostered a strong independent retail sector and a distinctive community spirit. The Regeneration is focused initially around the Market Place where the Boyle Cross and the buildings are dominated by traffic and parking, and the first phases involve a re-working of the space to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment and social ambience for the twice-weekly market still held in the square. The project includes extensive consultation with the business community and local residents and is set to move to implementation in 2017.
Under the Localism Bill parish councils can promote their own development aspirations with Design Statements and more recently Neighbourhood Plans. Design Statements are easier to prepare although they carry less weight: the parish of Chilcompton had undertaken the basic background work for their Village Design Statement but were struggling to get the document to a stage where it could become supplementary planning guidance and thus sought assistance from Moss Naylor Young. We took the information gathered and developed the statement in accordance with the requirements for such documents whilst maintaining the integrity of the parish council’s aspirations for the document. In this way Moss Naylor Young added the resource the council needed whilst maintaining parish ownership of the document and minimising the fees incurred. This approach is common to the Moss Naylor Young ethos of helping community groups.
Moss Naylor Young were part of a consultant team that prepared the regeneration framework for Chard, Somerset. This study helped to frame the local development plan proposals to expand the town towards it’s natural limits, with an increase of 1750 dwellings and associated employment, retail and education. The scheme is supported by transport infrastructure that matches the phasing of the development. Patrick Moss was then asked to defend the proposals at public inquiry when developers advanced proposals that were not part of the regeneration plan. The defence of the proposals was successful and the developers’ proposals were rejected by the planning inspectorate in 2015.
Moss Naylor Young were appointed by the Ashby Canal Society and a private developer to review the business case against the proposed routing of HS2 through Measham. The proposed alignment would have rendered a major (500 dwelling) development unviable and would have demolished a local factory employing 400 people, placing uncertainty over an otherwise secure national business. These combined to undermine the restoration of the canal through Measham, which in turn was a key element in the proposals to regenerate Measham Town centre – thus the consequential impact of the HS2 proposals was to blight the regeneration of Measham. Moss Naylor Young reported to the client who in turn included this report in their objection to the government.
Moss Naylor Young advised private developers on the heritage and transport implications (including water transport) for this major regeneration site in London immediately south of the Olympic Site (which Patrick Moss also had some small involvement with). The Sugar House Lane site is bounded on 3 sides by the waterways of the Lower Lea Valley and on the 4th by the A13 making access problematic, in addition the site included the historic Three Mills conservation area.