The redevelopment of the World of Pets site in the Altrincham suburb has gone out to public consultation, with 116 homes lined up for the plot.
A virtual exhibition will run until Monday 6 September for a project that can make a significant contribution to Trafford’s affordable housing target, according to developer Harlex Property. At least 45% of the homes on site would be classed as affordable.
The Manchester-based Harlex said that the scheme will include new park space and wildlife corridors, along with pedestrian and cycle routes connecting into wider networks.
The site, accessed from Thorley Lane south of Timperley’s village centre, has been allocated for housing since 2016. The borough can only demonstrate a 2.4-year housing supply at present and has only built 61% of its housing target in the last three years, according to Harlex.
Managing director James Nicholson, the ex-Kier and Argent man who established Harlex in 2017 with the backing of Palmer Capital before buying out his partner this March, said: “With more than half of the site being previously developed land, we have an opportunity to deliver an exceptional, sustainable development that sets the standard for new housing in Trafford.
“We’ve worked with Trafford Council to understand its priorities for new housing in Timperley and it’s clear that addressing the high cost of housing is high on its list. That is why 45% of the homes proposed for the site will be available for local people to purchase or rent at an affordable price.”
Harlex bought the 7.2-acre site in autumn 2018 in a deal backed by the Residential Land Partnership fund, following the closure of the Wyevale Garden Centre and has since been working with Trafford to develop an indicative masterplan.