The leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese has entered the controversy over the plans to install two skyscrapers as part of the designs for the St Michaels scheme on Bootle Street.
Writing on his leader’s blog he says:
“People will like it or they won’t but I’ve heard some pretty silly arguments, not least that the development would somehow overshadow the Town Hall. The only really good views of the Town Hall are from Albert Square or along Brazenose Street and when you’re looking at the Town Hall from these locations you wouldn’t be able to see the new development, and if you’re looking at the proposed development you can’t see the Town Hall. Think some people just don’t like tall buildings.
The development which will see the demolishion of the Bootle Street police station, reform synagogue and Sir Ralph Abercromby pub, by a syndicate which includes former Manchester United stars Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs and would sinclude two skyscrapers, a 5* hotel and a split-level public plaza has already caused a great deal of controversy.
A petition with over two thousand signatures has been put together while Historic England have said the plans would “cause a high level of harm”.