Sale Magistrates' Court
The court building was demolished in 2018

Seddon eyes 2021 start for Sale Magistrates’ Court site

Dan Whelan

Trafford Council has appointed the Bolton-based contractor to deliver an £18m residential scheme, including affordable homes, on the site of the former court building on Washway Road. 

Trafford bought the 2.4-acre site in 2018 for an undisclosed sum before appointing contractor PP O’Connor to demolish the buildings. 

The court was left empty in 2016 after closing as part of a Government cost-cutting initiative. 

Last July, Trafford began the search for a development partner to build out the scheme. The council expects the project to take three years to build.  

Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “This is a flagship scheme in the centre of the town and meets the council’s policy of building more housing on brownfield sites. 

“Along with the delivery of new homes, the project will contribute to the regeneration of Sale town centre ensuring that the type of development delivered will provide the greatest benefit for Sale and its residents.”

Ted Macdougal, development director for Seddon, said: Our involvement in this key residential development presented another opportunity to work alongside Trafford Council to build much-needed new homes for people in the area.”


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As far as I can tell this scheme does not have planning yet, or even an application pending.

There has been little to no public consultation on what is a key site in Sale given its location – almost bookending one end of the high street – and prominence from the main road.

Hopefully Trafford will follow due process, especially given they seem to recognise this a potential flagship scheme for the Town

By Sale Resident

It doesn’t specify how many apartments. Couples or families. Is there plenty of parking. Are all children able to access school whilst not pushing locals already living here away. People are getting sick of loosing their places to people newly moved who can afford closer to a school. Where are all the places miraculously appear from.

By J Waldron