Flixton Green Belt site heads to consultation

After the site was saved from possible development by being removed from Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, Trafford Council is looking to gauge public views on the future of the former William Wroe Golf Course in Flixton.

The former William Wroe golf course had been one of the sites put forward for Green Belt release by Trafford’s previous Conservative administration, and removing this site from the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework had been one of Labour Cllr Andrew Western’s pledges before he was elected as leader of the council in May last year.

Following the publication of the GMSF, which includes major housebuilding and development sites elsewhere in Trafford at Carrington Moss and the Timperley Wedge, the council has now appointed Arup to draw up an options appraisal for the Flixton to look at its long-term use and management.

A drop-in consultation session is being held on Thursday 14 March between 4pm and 7pm at Flixton House, where residents will be invited to give their views and share ideas over the golf course’s future.

Cllr Western said: “The Council has made the commitment to protect the William Wroe site and ensure it is a resource that will benefit the whole community.  The drop-in session is key in helping the Council assess how the site can be improved and better used and managed in the future. I hope local residents and businesses can attend and I look forward to seeing the results.”

Under the draft GMSF, the Timperley Wedge, between Hale, Hale Barns, Timperley, Baguley, and Wythenshawe Hospital, has been allocated to provide around 2,400 new homes over the next 18 years along with a minimum of nearly 650,000 sq ft of employment space, primarily offices.

Trafford’s other site in the GMSF is at Carrington, where much of Carrington Moss is set to be built on. A maximum of 10,000 homes will be delivered here on a plot of land which borders the western end of Ashton-on-Mersey in the north, Woodhouses to the south, and Partington and the Ship Canal to the west.

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Why was it closed as a golf club in the first place, Was it to line councillors pockets as usual. Resins open as a public Golf course.

By Andrew Cooper

Because it was losing money hand over fist

By Anonymous

Although gold clubs are popular in Flixton they aren’t used for the purpose of playing golf.


Contrary to what some people think the Golf course was not losing money hand over fist. The accounts are at companies house. ‘Oversupply of golf’ was the reason given by the council.

By Peter Flitcroft

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