improving the quality of life for residents on their doorsteps - was
launched today in Manchester by Andrew Smith, chief secretary to the
Visiting the Northmoor home zone, he said:
'The work done here in Manchester shows how much home zones can
contribute to urban regeneration across the country. The local people
I have met have contributed to the overall design and feel of the
locality, and can see the difference on their doorsteps.
'I am particularly keen to listen to local residents' views so we can
apply the lessons here and elsewhere.'
Commenting on today's launch regeneration minister Sally Keeble said:
'Involving local people in the successful design of their streets and
open spaces has provided a major improvement for the community in
Longsight. Children can play safely on the street and people can walk
without fear of speeding traffic. Life on their doorsteps is
definitely getting better. Home zones create a safer, more attractive
place for people to live'.
The Manchester project is one of nine being piloted across England
and Wales by the DTLR. Home zones are designed for people, not just traffic, and
the new-look streets can include benches, trees and play areas as
well as changes in the road layout to improve safety.
The department has invited more authorities to bid for£30m
under the Home Zones Challenge.
Sally Keeble added:
'We are committed to the introduction of home zones, which is why we
recently launched our Home Zone Challenge. This is intended to
generate a rapid growth in the number of these areas all around the
'I am sure that the ideas and experiences of Manchester City Council,
together with those of the other eight pilot authorities will
contribute a great deal to developing guidance on good practice. This
will prove very useful to those local authorities which are
successful in the government's Home Zones Challenge.'
Northmoor is an estate in the inner-city Manchester district of
Longsight. It has been designated an official Renewal Area by
Manchester City Council. The area has high-density terraced housing
built in a grid pattern with on-street parking and limited
recreational facilities for children. Northmoor covers some 1,400
dwellings dominated by pre-1919 two bedroom terraced properties with
no front gardens and small rear yards.
The Northmoor project has been included as one of the DTLR home zone
pilot projects in England and Wales. Work on the first of four
streets of Northmoor in phase one of the project was completed in
April 2001. A dramatic streetscape design has been adopted after
extensive community consultation. The carriageway has been relaid
with a shared use surface with interesting designs. Parallel parking
has been replaced by echelon parking which also acts as traffic
calming. The council has commenced demolition of some houses in the
middle of each terrace in order to create a green street through the
area, which will provide lawned areas, play areas and walkways. A
number of new three storey houses will be built, overlooking the
green streets and providing natural surveillance.
The other Eight Pilots in England and Wales are: Morice Town,
Plymouth; The Methleys, Leeds; Nobel Road Area, Nottingham; Cavell
Way, Sittingbourne; New England, Peterborough; West Ealing;
Holmewood, Lambeth; Magor Village, Monmouthshire.
Capital Modernisation Fund
The Capital Modernisation Fund was set up in the Comprehensive
Spending Review to support capital investment to improve public
services. The fund is allocated on a competitive basis and on the
- the extent the project applies genuinely innovative approaches to
- the quality and strength of the economic appraisal of the project;
- the impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of the service;
- how far the project contributes to the department's objectives;
- how far the project is genuinely additional; and the robustness of
arrangements for delivering, managing, accounting, monitoring and
evaluating the project.