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Application for memorial to Manchester Arena victims submitted

Words: Huw Morris
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The planning application for the memorial to victims of the Manchester Arena bombing has been formally submitted.

A public consultation on plans for the regeneration of Manchester’s Medieval Quarter, the wider area which the memorial sits within, was held in May and June this year and revealed significant public support for the project.

If the application is approved, the memorial will be located between Manchester Cathedral and Chetham’s School of Music, at the foot of Fennel Street where it meets Victoria Street.

The Glade of Light memorial is designed to be a tranquil garden space, with a planting scheme planned to ensure year-round colour and reflect the changing seasons. Tree locations have also been calculated to maximise light and ensure the garden gets as much sunlight as possible.

A white stone ring “halo” lies at the heart of the memorial and will bear the names of the 22 who lost their lives set in bronze, with personalised memory capsules held within the stone.

“The council made a solemn commitment that Manchester will never forget and to ensure a special and fitting memorial to those who lost their lives on 22 May 2017,” said Manchester City Council chief executive Joanne Roney. “We believe the proposals in this planning application, which have been painstakingly developed, honour that promise.”

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