Manchester City Council fires up for regeneration post Covid-19

Manchester City Council is setting out its' road to recovery from the coronavirus, as it welcomes its' new Strategic Director of Growth and Development, Louise Wyman.

A Manchester Economy Recovery Plan, the council says, which is dynamic and able to respond to evolving circumstances is being developed. It says as the sixth most deprived place in the country, based on 2019 national Index of Multiple Deprivation Statistics, Manchester is likely to have a high number of people in need of ongoing support.

It estimates a combined hit of increased costs and lost income will be more than £150 million this year alone with the government Covid-19 funding only covering a fraction of this. Manchester's detailed recovery plans will complement a wider Greater Manchester plan and share the same goal - to build back better.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council wanted to reassure people that 'detailed planning has already begun.' He said:

'We are under no illusion of the scale of the task but also that, as with any crisis, there are also opportunities to capture new and better ways of doing things'.

Louise Wyman will provide strategic direction for development across the city, along with oversight of the Local Planning Authority, housing strategy, work and skills.