Liveability Ranking and Overview Report published
Yesterday (18th August) Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) published its Liveability Ranking and Overview Report for 2016 (document available here). The aim of this study is to rank a selection of 140 major cities across the world in terms of their levels of liveability. The rankings are based on 5 different criteria – stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
This year, Manchester improved 3 places to be ranked 43 out of 140 cities beating London which finished ranked 53rd. This shows the improving desirability of Manchester as a place to live and work.
London scored better in certain areas of the judging, however, with ongoing investment in all of the criteria assessed, Manchester is putting itself in a much more competitive position both nationally and globally. This is resulting in more businesses and people choosing to move to the city in search of better homes, better jobs and a better lifestyle.
So what are the implications for Greater Manchester?
A growing influx of businesses and people is going to put an added strain on services and facilities within the city, but will also put a strain on commercial and residential floorspace. There are notable schemes coming out of the ground at the moment that will add supply to meet demand, however growth levels are not forecast to slow.
There will be a need for additional sites across Greater Manchester to contribute towards overall floorspace supply figures. With the imminent release of the Draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, it is important that sites are submitted for consideration for allocation through the ongoing Call for Sites process. Getting a site adopted in the Framework will greatly increase opportunities to deliver schemes. Now is the time to act before an opportunity is missed.
If you have a site that you would like to be promoted through the Framework and would like help and advice on the best way to do so, please get in touch and we will be able to help.
Images courtesy of the Liveability Ranking document and 'Mikey' via flickr