Create’s Trafford hotel recommended despite Intu objections

Blackpool-based Create Developments’ proposal for a 197-bedroom Hampton by Hilton close to the Trafford Centre has been recommended for approval even though Intu and Peel L&P opposed the project.

Intu objected to the plans on the basis of site selection saying “the applicant’s consideration of available sites within the Trafford Centre rectangle is considered not to be robust.”

Peel L&P agreed with Intu, a related company in which Peel owns shares, suggesting a number of more suitable sites for the hotel including its own Trafford Waters which has an outline approval for a hotel with up to 300 bedrooms.

A total of 12 sites in or close to Stretford town centre were considered but ultimately ruled out due to concerns over suitability.

The hotel would be situated on a 1.1-acre site next to junction 9 of the M60, known as Lostock Circle, off Barton Road.

The 12,600 sq ft property would cover one fifth of the overall site, with the remainder given over largely to a 127-space car park. 

AEW Architects designed the development, which would be close to the existing Circle Court apartment building owned by Trafford Housing Trust. Iceni Projects is planning consultant on the scheme.

Like all councils, Trafford is unable to meet physically to decide on applications due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, the decision on this application will be taken by the head of planning and development, Rebecca Coley as well as the chair, vice chair and opposition spokesperson of the planning and development management committee. 

According to the council, representations should be made at “a maximum of 1,500 words, and will be accepted for consideration on a “first come first serve basis.”  

Create is nearing completion on a 221-bedroom hotel on Rochdale Road in Manchester. 

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