Pomona Island



Pomona Island sits in a precarious situation, as the land is privately owned by one of the North of England’s largest development companies, and it has strategic plans to develop city centre apartments rather than conserve sites of ecological importance. From an urban industrial residual space, deeply rooted in its historical and political context, Pomona has evolved new ecologies to become an important habitat for new species of plants and wildlife. The use of the site over many years has seen transitions from high industrial usage, as a main port connecting Manchester to the rest of the world, to a post-industrial wasteland. As the politics of place and the city changed it became an EU funded leisure facility. Then, as it again became an abandoned site, it became a paradise for nature and migrating birds who made Pomona their home.

Land nick names, Neologisms and slang terms

Pomona Island

Location


Address

Pomona Strand, Stretford, Manchester M16 0TT, Manchester, UK

Land Topography

Size of the Land in sqm (approx.)

Surfaces

Features

Land status and definition

Basic

  • Brownfield

Legal Status

  • In Private Ownership

Current Land Owner

Peel Holdings
The Peel Group is controlled by the Billown Trust, which is based in the Isle of Man. The remainder of the Group is owned by the Olayan Group, a private global enterprise comprising 50 companies and affiliated businesses engaged in distribution, manufacturing, services and investment in Saudi Arabia. It operates or actively participates in more than 40 countries, often in partnership with leading multinationals. <link http://peelgroup.global>http://peelgroup.global</link>

Known intended future use by the land owner(s)

Brownfield site currently under development

Historical (basic)

http://www.theskyliner.org/pomona-palace

www.mypomona.co.uk/new-page-1/

Weblinks

http://www.theskyliner.org/pomona-island-on-film

http://confidentials.com/manchester/pomona-island-is-this-peel-development-good-enough

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/aug/07/pomona-lost-island-manchester-dockland-wasteland-oasis

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/pomona-island-new-flats-plan-12174451

https://savepomona.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/3610_ponoma_doc_june08_rev6.pdf

http://www.canalarchive.org.uk/map/getobjectmap.php?rnum=T1546&mapid=379394.jpg&mlsref=1194&cmn=Manchester%20Docks&pn=4&mp=19&all=no

https://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/x1-launches-manchester-waters-resi-scheme/#utm_source=Place+North+West&utm_campaign=Place_Daily_Briefing__Monday_1_2016-11-14

https://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/plans-in-for-next-wave-of-pomona-island-flats/#utm_source=Place+North+West&utm_campaign=Place_Daily_Briefing__Wednesda_2017-03-22&utm_medium=email

https://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/flood-submits-old-trafford-flats-proposal/#utm_source=Place+North+West&utm_campaign=Place_Daily_Briefing__Tuesday__2017-03-21&utm_medium=email

Land Access

Accessibility

  • Accessible

Can be accessed from Pomona Tram stop or from Cornbrook Tram stop. When entering Pomona from Cornbrook take the path at the side of the scrap metal yard, as you approach the gate at the end of the dead end road you will see a gap in the fence where you can access the island. This is a public footpath that leads to the canal and footpath.

Borders

Land Users

Land is occupied by

  • General public
  • Walkers
  • Dog-walkers
  • Urban explores/ spelunkers
  • birds
  • Humans

Activities

Compare to Wasteland

Explorers

Latest Blog Entries

Fruitful Futures: Imagining Pomona

15 May 2017 | Jim Brady

Fruitful Futures: Imagining Pomona  The book we made embraces the spirit of citizen activism: one of its purposes...