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Date posted 15 Jul 2021

Consultation Update - 15th July 2021

The Council completed a series of Public Consultation Events in May 2021.  These events provided the opportunity for the local community to discuss plans with the project team and provide comments on proposals to help shape the final scheme.

Following a high volume of comments, the planning application was subsequently placed on hold to provide time to review, address and assimilate information. Following consultation review, the Council have agreed with local members to withdraw the current development application and will now work to bring forward a revised scheme at the Hough End site.

The Council will shortly re-engage funders to discuss options for consideration to address comments raised by local Councillors, residents and community groups as part of the consultation process.  On completion of this work, the Council will organise further consultation and engagement sessions with the local community to present and discuss revised plans and proposed options for consideration.

This will provide residents and community groups with further opportunities to influence the next steps and engage in meaningful discussions with the Councils project team to shape the final plans at the Hough End site. 

The Council is targeting to hold further consultation meetings at the end of August 2021.  All residents that have registered their contact details as part of consultation process, alongside existing site users and local community groups will be notified of the details of consultation meetings in due course.

The Council would like to thank all residents and community groups who have engaged in the community consultation to date.  The Council have listened carefully to what residents have had to say and will now reflect on the feedback that has been provided to shape the revised scheme. Plans will be shared in due course and we look forward to holding further engagement with residents and community groups to inform the final plans at Hough End site.


You can find the consultation FAQs at the end of this article.

Manchester City Council is proposing to develop new multi-sports facilities and outdoor pitches at Hough End Leisure Centre.

Plans include:

A two story extension to the Leisure Centre which will include:

• Changing facilities
• Club Room/Coach Education Suite
• Cafe facilities
• Office space
• Storage facilities
• Gym extension


New and improved Playing Fields including:

• 2 new 3G Football Turf Pitches with Fencing and Floodlighting
• Reconfiguration and improvements to the grass playing fields to provide:
o 14 Senior Grass football pitches
o 2 New softball and baseball diamonds
o 2 Gaelic football pitches
o 4 Grass rugby pitches
o 1 Rugby stadium pitch


External works:

• Works to the existing car park and additional overflow car parking provision

If you would like to know more information and what this will mean for you, we would like to invite you to come along to one of our consultation events.

Monday 10th May 2021, at Hough End Leisure Centre between 10am and 2pm

Thursday 13th May 2021 at Hough End Leisure Centre between 4pm and 8pm

These drop in sessions will be Covid secure. The project team will be set up inside and outside, with 2 metre distance social distancing implemented both internally and externally. Staff will be wearing face coverings and hand sanitizer will be available . All attendees will also be required to wear a face covering except if exempt, and sign in as part of track and trace in line with government guidance.

Wednesday 12th May 2021, Online Microsoft Teams Event, 6pm to 7pm.

To attend this event simply email hough.end@gll.org and we will send you an invitation before the event to enable you to access the session.

At all of these sessions representatives from MCRactive, GLL and the project team will be on hand to take questions. Should you prefer, we will also provide information on how you can feedback on the proposals after the sessions.

The consultation period ends 1st June 2021.