Since 2017 we have provided transport support for the development of the School of Digital Arts (SODA) on Higher Chatham Street in Manchester, which will form part of Manchester Metropolitan University’s (MMU) All Saints Campus. The SODA is a development of a new digital arts building which provides innovation laboratories, media exhibition space, seminar rooms, studios, production suites, and office accommodation.
Work initially commenced on this project with consultation on the stopping up of Higher Chatham Street between Rosamond Street West and Boundary Street West. PBA then produced a transport statement to assess the potential transportation and highway issues associated with the SODA and support a full planning application for the development.
In December 2018, Manchester City Council’s Planning Committee approved the scheme. The development proposals from Manchester Metropolitan University are supported by a large multi-disciplinary team. PBA’s transport team co-ordinated and provided support to the team.
PBA is now working to resolve objections to the stopping up of Higher Chatham Street. The section of highway will be stopped up under Section 247 of the Town and Country Planning Act.
To encourage sustainable travel, we liaised with the MMU Travel Plan Co-ordinator to set out measures within the Transport Statement to encourage sustainable travel. We are continuing to work to overcome objections as a high number of statutory undertakers have their networks in the vicinity of the site, some of which have objections to the stopping up of Higher Chatham Street.