Trafford Council has approved the adoption of frameworks drawn up by consultancy Nexus Planning to guide future development, improve public realm and increase pedestrianisation in the two neighbourhoods.
Nexus was appointed by Trafford las May to draw up the frameworks alongside technical consultancy WSP, landscape architect Gillespies, and Buttress Architects.
The Hale Village framework identifies the following opportunities:
- The creation of a village square focused around the Clock Tower and train station
- Giving greater priority to walking and cycling by redesigning streets and creating a shared space on Ashley Road
- Remodelling of the existing bowling green to create a community space
The Sale Moor Village framework identifies the following opportunities:
- The creation of a shared space along Northenden Road, redefining the road as the village’s high street
- The redirection of traffic around the village centre rather than by closing off Northenden Road to through traffic
- The creation of a village square on Warrener Street
- The creation of a mixed-use scheme featuring residential and retail on the site of Warrener Street car park, previously earmarked for an Aldi store
The plans form part of a wider response to changes in how people use local town centres amid Covid-19, according to Trafford Council.
The council also decided in the same executive committee meeting this week not to support rugby union side Sale Sharks’ plans to return to the town and build a new stadium at Crossford Bridge playing fields.