How might the proposals affect local residents?
The proposals represent the next exciting phase of the development of the Etihad Campus, and the next step in the ongoing regeneration of East Manchester.
More than a decade after the Commonwealth Games were held at the stadium, the legacy of the Games continues to impact on the local area. East Manchester is now home to an unrivalled collection of national sporting venues and institutions. The City Football Academy, new Connell Sixth Form College and new community leisure centre now under construction, will add to the vibrancy of the area, bringing further investment into East Manchester and also creating new jobs.
Should the planning application for the stadium expansion be approved and the project go ahead, approximately 160 further construction jobs and 110 match day jobs would be created in each phase. The Club’s Local Labour Agreement would apply to the project, with a target of 80% of all recruitment from the local area. This target has so far been successfully achieved on both the Beswick Project and at City Football Academy.
A Construction Environment Management Plan will be prepared by the project contractors prior to any works starting on site. This will set out measures for managing the construction phase impacts, including detailed information on how construction traffic will be managed. Access to site will be via the major road network and the plan will ensure that there is minimal impact on pedestrian and vehicle movement in residential areas, and that noise and dust emissions are kept to a minimum.
The Environmental Impact Assessment will also consider any potential impacts on the local area once the development has been completed. Initial assessments indicate that the impact will be minimal. This includes the careful planning for and management of the effects of an additional 12,000 spectators travelling to and from the area on a matchday (please see the Accessing the Stadium board for further detail).
The Environmental Impact Assessment will also consider the impact of the stadium expansion on non-football event days, such as concerts, when more people may be able to access the stadium. Again, initial assessments have indicated that the impacts can be suitably managed.
Before Manchester City moved to the Stadium following the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the Club entered into an agreement with Manchester City Council to ensure that the Stadium contributed to the lasting legacy of the Games.
Since this Community Use Agreement was developed, the Stadium has been accessed through various initiatives and opportunities by some 8,000 people each year.
In addition to these community bookings, the Club have also held a series of community activities at the stadium.
The Club’s charitable arm, City in the Community, works with over 230,000 contacts each year and every single one of their programmes begins in East Manchester.
As part of the proposals to expand the Stadium the Club is working with Manchester City Council to develop a new Community Use Agreement to reflect how the East Manchester area has changed and will continue to change.