Novo New Street Altrincham

Novo unveils latest Altrincham development

Charlie Schouten

Developer Novo, Gecko Homes, and architect Project3 have outlined proposals for a site on New Street in Altrincham featuring 15 affordable homes roughly opposite the Regent Road car park.

The project team showcased the scheme at a public consultation yesterday, outlining plans to build the brick-clad block on a site which currently houses two largely vacant buildings.

The shared-ownership properties are being brought in partnership with Gecko Homes, part of Southway Housing Trust, and will be split between five one-bed apartments on the ground floor, along with 10 two-bed apartments on the upper floors.

To the rear, there are terraces and the structure steps back in height to minimise overlooking into neighbouring properties, while the roof pitch is designed to be in-line with the adjacent houses. The development will be clad in a light red brick, again to complement the surrounding area.

Access to the properties will be via external staircases which will include a green wall system with climbing plants to restore planting to this part of New Street.

Three of the properties have balconies overlooking New Street and there is also a seven-space allocated parking garage with bespoke timber-effect doors.

At the consultation event yesterday, Novo director Ben Fearns said the proposals had been “broadly very well received” although some local councillors had attended to voice their objections, including Conservative Altrincham Ward Cllr Michael Young, who has been vocal in his opposition to many new developments across the town.

The project team is hoping to submit a planning application in the coming weeks, taking in feedback from the consultation, and subject to planning approval, it is hoped the scheme can start on site before 2020.


The buildings on the site are currently under-used and will be demolished

The buildings currently on the site will be demolished as part of the plans; part of the site was formerly home to Myersons Solicitors but is now vacant, while Chapel House is currently owned by Novo but is used by Art with a Heart as an exhibitions space, free of charge.

If approved, the development will form part of a growing regeneration around Regent Road, where Novo is also bringing forward its £2.3m Weavers Cottage project, also designed by Project3 and featuring six homes.

The neighbouring Regent Road car park is also set to be redeveloped; 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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