East Didsbury is a thriving neighbourhood with a distinctive identity. We are excited at the opportunity to bring a Dandara Living development to the area and to make a positive contribution to this successful community.
Our proposed East Didsbury development site is located on a currently underutilised section of the car park at the Parrs Wood Tesco Superstore, in between the A34 Kingsway, Parrs Wood Lane and the Styal Railway Line.
The area has a wide range of public transport services within easy walking distance, including bus, Metrolink and rail. A range of local amenities are all within easy reach on foot or by bike, including retail, leisure, education and health facilities, meaning that new residents will have easy access to what the local area has to offer.
The site and its surrounding areas have an interesting history. The proposed development will recognise what has gone before, as well as what still remains there today and will look to build on the existing character.
The site were are proposing to develop was originally developed as the Parrs Wood Bus Depot which opened in 1926. The bus garage closed in 1971 before the site was taken over by Tesco, but still preserved is its old clock tower which sits off to the side of the site.
Opposite the site is an area of green land which is referred to sometimes as Parrs Wood Park and other times as either Parrs Wood Green or Parrs Green. Our site and the green have a historical connection - the green was opened a year after the bus depot did and represents an attempt to challenge the growing presence of motor traffic in what was once the quiet 18th century estate of Parrs Wood and to provide visitors of the city with some green scenery. The scheme we are proposing will be a triangle mirroring the green park.
In 1889, Emily Williamson née Bateson formed a group called the “Plumage League” in Didsbury to protest against the breeding of birds for plumage to be used in women’s hats. The group gained popularity and eventually amalgamated with “The Fur, Fin and Feather Folk” in Croydon, and formed the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Emily lived very near to the site in the house in Fletcher Moss Park. Inspired by this history, our site has been named Blackbird Yard, after the most common bird in Manchester.