At MIPIM, the global property convention that this year was held in Cannes, Manchester has been setting the example on how cities can regenerate and redevelop themselves.
Hundreds of people packed out the Grand Auditorium at the Palais des Festivals to listen to Sir Howard Bernstein, CEO of Manchester council, Sir Edward Lister, chair of the Homes and Communities Agency and Marty Edelman, executive chairman of Manchester Life Development Company wax lyrical about how Manchester has become a ‘poster child’ for redevelopment and how to stimulate growth in a challenging market.
Key to Manchester’s success has been its ability to cut through red tape and make proactive decisions that benefit the city. Speaking of Manchester’s success, Sir Edward Lister said, ““It’s all about leadership at the end of the day. If you know that the people in charge are serious, will take political risk, make difficult decisions, are not scared to say no and then will follow through with schemes, then your level of confidence is much higher. In many parts of the country you hear developers say ‘it is difficult to get planning’, but you won't hear that in Manchester. The city cuts through the rubbish, this is why Manchester has done so well in my book. Other cities are now following Manchester's examples and openly say they will behave like Manchester and provide the kind of civic leadership needed to bring forward those developments.”