Plans in for Trafford mixed-use project

SixTwo Architects has submitted proposals for 16 houses alongside a rowing club and community centre in Altrincham on behalf of the Trafford Housing Trust.

The £4.5m development is on a former allotment site near Stokoe Avenue next to the Bridgewater Canal.

The Oldfield Centre is being funded and part-occupied by the Seamons Moss Community Association, with the Trafford Rowing Club sharing the facilities.

A residential scheme made up of 16 detached and semi-detached properties is proposed for the site around the community centre.

Oldfield CentreThere will be 10 canalside properties available on the open market, while the remaining six may become part of an assisted buying scheme.

Construction is due to begin in late summer 2015 if plans are approved.

The development is part of the Trust's strategy for releasing funds to go towards affordable housing schemes. In April last year the Trust announced its first development for private sale, with four homes also designed by SixTwo Architects on site at Arcon Place, next to Stokoe Avenue.

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To correct an error in your article, it is the Seamons Moss Community Association (not Simons) that hopes to build a community centre on Cow Field, as it has been known locally for generations. SMCA are not regarded by most residents on Oldfield Brow as representing their community. A substantial part of the proposed development, including housing-for-profit will, if planning approval is granted, be built on protected open space. The allotment land has a heavy infestation of Japanese knotweed. Residents are angry that they have not been properly consulted with and that the proposal does not meet the sustainability requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework. They have started a Facebook page (Oldfield Brow Cow Field – where those interested can follow the full story.

By Mike O'Neill