The site is located between Old Trafford cricket and football grounds. Credit: via planning documents

Jumani loses Trafford appeal

The local authority has successfully defended its decision to refuse plans for an 88-bedroom apartment scheme on Warwick Road. 

In upholding Trafford Council’s decision to reject the proposals, the planning inspectorate described Jumani Holdings’ project as “obtrusive and inappropriately bulky”. 

The inspector concluded that the harm the scheme would cause “significantly and demonstratively outweighs the benefits”. 

Trafford Council refused the 13-storey development, designed by 5plus Architects, in May last year. This decision was against the recommendations of the authority’s planning officers. 

Committee members said Jumani’s project – proposed on the site of the former MKM House between the two sporting Old Traffords – would have an adverse impact on the street scene due to its height. 

A lack of car parking and amenity space were also cited as reasons for refusal, while members were also unhappy about Jumani’s proposed 10% affordable provision, suggesting it could be higher. 

An earlier application for a residential development on the same site from Warrington-based PHD1 – now dissolved – was approved by Trafford Council in 2016. 

This permission has been implemented and could in theory be built out. 

That scheme features plans for a 12-storey building with 89 apartments. 

Read the planning inspectorate’s full decision notice.

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Obviously it’s not ‘high’ enough.

By Eric B

It’s a big old lump

By Anonymous

It looks a far better scheme than the previous one. It sounds like the council prefer the old scheme or a vacant site. I wonder how much affordable the old scheme had?

By Anonymous

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