Old Trafford housing approved

Trafford Housing Trust has been granted planning permission to develop 80 extra-care apartments, a new library and health centre in the Shrewsbury Street area of Old Trafford.

The new community facility will also contain a café, pharmacy, activity hall, day nursery, Sure Start service, credit union office and sports changing rooms. The housing trust has invited the local community to develop social enterprise plans for occupying the scheme.

The apartments will be offered to older and more vulnerable people with an emphasis on independent living.

The existing St Brides Church, community centre and library will be demolished to make way for the new development. Temporary bases for sports facilities and the library will be provided during construction. The church will be completely rebuilt as a place of worship as part of the scheme.

The project will incorporate land previously occupied by the Isobel Baillie lodge, a disused sheltered housing scheme which was demolished earlier this year.

The existing community centre will close at the end of October for work to begin.

The scheduled completion date for the new scheme is spring 2017.

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