Weavers Cottages September 2018

Novo set to start latest Altrincham project

Charlie Schouten

Developer Novo, working alongside Southway Housing Trust, has secured planning consent for its £2.3m Weavers Cottages development on Regent Road in the centre of Altrincham, designed by architect Project3.

The existing terraces on the site will be converted and extended to provide two and three-bedroom houses, while Number 33a, currently a retail unit, will undergo a more extensive rebuild, including a new black brick façade.

The Edwardian-style building on the corner of Regent Road and Norman’s Place is to be retained, with its retail unit currently housing Riddles Emporium, which will remain in place. The upper floors will be converted into a two-bed home with the building’s existing turret exposed.

Each of the six homes will have its own terrace and parking with a central courtyard.

Plans for the scheme were submitted in April this year and have now been approved under delegated powers, allowing the developer to start on the project within the next few weeks. Southway Housing Trust will bring the homes to market through its Gecko Homes brand in one of its first commercial ventures.

The buildings were formerly used as office space by Myersons Solicitors, which sold the site to Novo before its move to new premises on Barrington Road.

The professional team on the project also includes AA Projects and Mosaic Town Planning.

Previous projects that Novo has delivered include The Tannery on Goose Green, and the developer is also currently on site with contractor Artez to convert the former Dili restaurant on Stamford New Road into flats and ground floor commercial space.

Novo is also working with CPUK and Trafford Council to bring forward a £6m, 22-home development on Brown Street in Hale. This is currently at the consultation stage.

Elsewhere on Regent Road, Citybranch has secured planning approval 70 apartments across two five-storey blocks on the site of Regent Road car park, alongside a 300-space multi-storey car park, again set over five storeys.

There will also be 9,500 sq ft of retail, café, restaurant or commercial space on the ground floor of both blocks, fronting Regent Road, New Street, and a new public square.

These proposals have also been designed by Project3, alongside Planit IE as landscape architect.

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