Plans for St Michael's development in Manchester "delayed but not pulled", says Gary Neville

Ex-footballer turned property developer Gary Neville has rejected rumours that he has shelved plans for a 700,000 sq ft development in Manchester, but admits proposals for St Michael’s "will be refined".

Following his talk at property exhibition MIPIM earlier this week, Neville said the scheme will be put on hold while designs are amended to ensure the final design is "perfect" for the city.

Although he says this "will result in a short-term planning delay" it is "not a full withdrawal of the initial submission".

The former Manchester United defender and director of Jackson’s Row Developments Limited outlined how the currently underused space in the city centre will be transformed into a unique and modern space, that harmoniously blends old and new.

The development, designed by Make Architects, will comprise a new synagogue, five-star hotel, 159 apartments, grade A offices and three public and leisure spaces.

It will also create an extra 1,500 jobs for the area.

Neville said: “Manchester deserves a world class development, like St. Michael’s. We believe that in a city that aspires to be global, the best of old and best of new can live together, however we are going to make further refinements – it has to be perfect for Manchester.”

He added: “Aside from creating 1,500 jobs, St Michael’s will contribute a total GVA in excess £80m.”

Plans for the development have been submitted to Manchester City Council by the applicant’s planning consultant, Zerum Consult, following an extensive public consultation period.

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