Manchester’s gay village disappears!

Seven town houses will be built in Manchester’s Canal Street after six months of property sales which have seen office, licensed and leisure sites in the “gay village” sold for housing.

A derelict site will be redeveloped to create seven three-bed townhouses with integral garages and one two-bed maisonette apartment.

The last six months has seen intensive developer interest in the Canal Street area and the loss of several licensed/leisure sites to residential conversion. The former Villaggio restaurant site at 44 Canal Street was sold for £1.4m, less than two weeks after going on the market, and 12 Minshull Street was sold for £3m – higher than the £1.25m expected.