Skerton Road Scheme
A former factory is to converted to 400 homes under the early-stage proposals

Plans sketched for 400 homes at Trafford Bar

Sarah Townsend

Around 400 homes have been proposed for Skerton Road in Trafford, with an application to be submitted in February.

Under the proposals from Arcadian Developments, outlined in documents filed to Trafford Council as part of a pre-planning stage environmental impact assessment, the former Arkady Craigmillar factory in Trafford Bar would be redeveloped into a series of apartment blocks housing 400 homes.

There would be five blocks constructed on the three-acre site, according to the plans, ranging in height between six and eleven storeys, with associated car parking  and landscaping.

The scheme is being designed by Tim Groom Architects and Zerum is the planning consultant. Urban Green provided a townscape and visual impact assessment for the scheme.

The site is bounded by Elsinore Road to the north-west and sits at the intersection of Tennis Street and Grove House.

Arkady Craigmillar, a UK supplier of bakery ingredients and frozen products, relocated to the Trafford site from its previous factory in Suffolk in 2002, but the UK company was dissolved in 2013 when US-based CSM Bakery Solutions acquired its brands.

When Arkady first moved to the site, it was reported to be spending £4m to modernise the site in order to increase production. However, the site is now vacant and derelict.

The scheme, for which further details are to be unveiled in the coming weeks, would be the latest development for Trafford Council, which is progressing the Civic Quarter regeneration masterplan.

Your Comments

Read our comments policy here

Oh my actual brownfield sites being used – I need to sit down

By Alan Y

The site would be better suited for 50 houses, in 5 years there will be 1000’s of vacant apartment buildings due to over supply

By Resident of Scarth Hill

This seems like a really odd location for apartments…

By Anon

With a tram every minute and a half into the city centre and a local centre UA92 and White City nearby, this is a prime site for urban density. Inner Manchester is growing.

By Support High Density

Good to see this site being redeveloped. Given the previous industrial uses on the site there is likely to be contaminated material that will need to be carefully managed to avoid adverse effects on site users and neighbouring residential areas.

By Sally Cinnamon

By Stephen Platt

Will these homes be for let or sale!


Resident of Scarth Hill – this site is right next to Trafford Bar, which sees a tram into the city every 3 minutes. It’s the perfect location for a high density development.

By Anonymous

Over supply? Predicting a war? or is the population going to magically decline?

By Anonymous

This is a cracking site with fantastic transport links. Really looking forward to seeing the proposals. The whole area between Old Trafford and Trafford Bar is high on my one to watch radar.

By Matt Pickering

Houses for families would be better. Or the flats to be for social housing tenants .

By Anonymous

High rise flats again! These are normally crime ridden.

By Redbaby

What about the factory which is next door to the site, seems much traffic moving in and out of there all times of the day, lorries and bulk tankers, not an environment for children playing.

By Jed

Redbaby, only if it’s social housing

By Dan

A couple of comments here really surprise me:
1) “The site would be better for houses or an odd location for apartments”: This is the perfect place for high density apartments and highrises. For a start, it’s right next to a Metrolink station. Rail stations are the perfect place for high density living. People who use public transport extensively, want to live right next to that transport. Housing is low density and spreads people out further making it less effective. Secondly, this is inner city living and inner cities should be high density allowing more people to access work in the central city by ecological means – e.g. foot, bike, Metrolink

2) “Highrises are normally crime ridden”: Only on social housing or low income (and not always) but rarely if ever on middle class highrises. Highrises shouldn’t be used for social housing, that doesn’t work (unless mixed, and then the proportions need to be right). There are better ways to support social housing, but highrises work better for middle class as those have a constant and regular maintenance support which social housing doesn’t (as council budgets often change)