Redevelopment plans hit Manchester’s Gay Village

Manchester town hall bosses have been accused of writing out the gay community in plans to regenerate land next door to the village, including demolishing the Thompson’s Arms pub and building over a key Pride venue.

Four plots are singled out for redevelopment, including the surface car park on Sackville Street that hosts part of Pride each August. That would become a multi-storey car park, offices, flats and a hotel. Chorlton Street bus station, which includes the Thompson’s Arms pub, would be demolished to make way for a ‘flexible events space’ and flats. Yate’s wine bar on the corner of Portland Street would be replaced with a new office block. A site further down Portland Street, bordering Abingdon Street, already has permission for a 17-storey hotel.