Himor’s reserved matters application for close to 220,000 sq ft of industrial development at the former Shell refinery site in Carrington go before Trafford’s planning committee this week with a recommendation that approval be granted.
The 18.7 acre site is comprised of two parcels of land on the eastern side of Manchester Road and have outline consent as part of the wider Carrington Village scheme.
The application is supported by architect AEW and planner Spawforths and covers six buildings, billed as Carrington Gateway. The site is predominantly vacant, with the northern part of it formerly occupied by a builders’ merchant yard and by Basell Polyolefins UK. THe listed Church of St George sits to the north.
The six buildings range in size with one at 98,000 sq ft significantly larger than the others. The remaining five vary in size between 34,000 sq ft and 10,000 sq ft, and could house uses including R&D, light industrial and distribution, with ancillary office space in each. The proposal includes 283 car parking spaces.
The hybrid consent granted in August last year gave Himor the green light for up to 500,000 sq ft of commercial development at Carrington, along with 725 homes, to be delivered by Wainhomes, and 10,000 sq ft of retail on 123 acres.
Himor’s plans for the area were last year subject to a legal battle with rival developer Peel, which called for a judicial review into the planning consent last year. Peel’s concerns centred around its belief that Himor should contribute to the Western Gateway Imrpvoement Scheme, but its appeal against Trafford Council was dismissed by the High Court.