Consultation launched on latest Stretford town centre proposals
Bruntwood and Trafford Council have unveiled updated plans for the area’s regeneration, including the creation of a retail walking circuit and the reorientation of the proposed central park.
The joint venture has launched a public consultation on its latest vision for Stretford town centre. The consultation can be accessed at bruntwood.commonplace.is until 15 October.
Proposals will not have any impact on the overall volume of development, which will see the delivery of up to 800 homes and 7,750 sq ft for learning and non-learning institutions, as well as 140,000 sq ft of commercial space and 30,000 sq ft of leisure space.
Proposed changes would see the retention of the Aldi store at its Stretford Mall location, as well as the reorientation of the proposed central park to provide better connectivity and improved views of St Matthew’s Church.
A retail walking circuit would also be provided through the park, along Chester Road, and into King Street.
Furthermore, the proposed maximum heights across the site have been reviewed. The JV wants to reduce the building heights towards Barton Road, Wellington Street, and Church Street, while there would be a slight increase to those in the centre to allow for a better-stepped transition.
The design team includes architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Exterior Architecture, Avison Young, and Civic Engineers.
Bruntwood and Trafford Council have amended their plans since receiving the green light for their hybrid application for the wider masterplan in March 2022. This application included full planning permission for the demolition of specified mall buildings and outline planning permission for the mixed-use development.
Rob Elsom, development director at Bruntwood, said: “The needs of the local community are right at the heart of the plans to transform the town centre, which is why gathering feedback on the latest stage of the ambitious project is so important to us.
“Since the planning application was granted last year, we’ve continued to adapt the plans to represent a better development opportunity for Stretford and we’re keen to hear the thoughts of the people who use the space every day.”
A spokesperson for Trafford Council, added: “Our regeneration masterplan for the town centre will be pivotal in helping Stretford to thrive, and most importantly, it’s been shaped by long-term community engagement.”
Caddick Construction started work in June to deliver the first phase of the wider scheme, which will establish a covered market hall and green space on King Street following the removal of Stretford Mall’s roof.
The hybrid application can be found by searching for application number 103844/HYB/21 on Trafford Council’s planning portal.