(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog October 2015, reposted to this blog with permission.)
In our hearts, I think we all knew it would happen. Yesterday, Thursday 15 October, Manchester City Council's planning committee voted to approve the redevelopment of the former Coronation Street set in Manchester.
This confirms, that despite a campaign to save it, the old Coronation Street set will be demolished, says the BBC.
The move to demolish the old set comes despite more than 2,000 people signing an online petition in the hope of preventing it from being knocked down. Campaigners had particularly called on developers to retain the Victorian terrace featuring the Rovers Return Inn and the soap's corner shop in their regeneration of the 13-acre site.
English Heritage rejected the application for listed status for the old Granada Studios site made by an anonymous individual in 2012 because it was not considered sufficiently historic.
Developer Allied London bought the Quay Street site in a joint venture with Manchester City Council. The development will form part of the wider St Johns area, which is also set to feature a new £110m theatre and arts venue called The Factory.
This means that the old Coronation Street set will be open for only a few more weeks. It's your last chance to see it before it shuts for good at the end of the year. Buy your tickets now. We've already got ours to say a final farewell.
If you are visiting the set for a final time before December 31st, why not make it on the show's 55th anniversary date of December 9th and you can take in a Corrie anniversary guided walk around Manchester too. Details here.
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