Controversial student block approved after protests

An irate member of the public branded Manchester’s planning committee ‘a farce’ after disruptive protesters caused the meeting to be stopped.
Dozens of campaigners were at the Town Hall on Thursday (January 18) to oppose three schemes to build student accommodation blocks in Ardwick, Fallowfield, and Hulme. The first items to be discussed by the council were located in Ardwick, the home of the ‘Stop The Monster’ group — which sought to prevent the construction of a 29-storey tower.
During the opening application, which was heard in the main Council Chamber, members of the public gallery shouted ‘rubbish’ at claims from the developers, and also repeatedly called ‘time’ while they were speaking. It led committee chair, Coun Jon-Connor Lyons, to warn them.
“This is not a pantomime. It’s planning, it’s serious,” h …