Trafford Council and GMCA are looking for a developer for the brownfield site. Credit: PNW

Developer wanted for former GMP headquarters site

Trafford Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority are on the hunt for a development partner to redevelop nearly nine acres off Chester Road in Stretford.

The site is owned by GMCA, which has formed a joint venture with Trafford Council to turn the former Greater Manchester Police headquarters into housing. GMP vacated the site in 2012, moving into a £60m building off Oldham Road in Newton Heath.

The JV is accepting applications from shortlisted developers until September, with the aim to appoint a developer by the end of the year and submit a planning application in June or July 2023.

The site is owned by GMCA. Credit: Place North West

Plans could include up to 750 homes, of which 25% would be affordable housing. This would be in line with both the council and the combined authority’s mission to deliver more of these types of homes.

A scale and massing appraisal for the site by Buttress Architects also said the plot could support a 112-bed hotel, 10,000 sq ft of offices, 62,000 sq ft of commercial space, and a food hall.

The site is part of Trafford Council’s Civic Quarter Area Action Plan, which aims to build 4,000 homes on land between Old Trafford Football Ground and Trafford Town Hall. The area action plan also includes new retail offerings, offices and community areas.

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