The £25m redevelopment of the Sale Magistrates’ Court site and a £30m Carrington highway scheme have inched forward following approvals at the executive level.
The Carrington Relief Road is intended to take traffic away from the narrow A6144 Carrington Lane and Manchester Road, in what has become a critically important development area for a borough in need of large housing sites.
Trafford’s executive was asked to sign off on the selection of a preferred route that would see a new link road built between Isherwood Road and the Banky Lane junction of the Carrington Spur close to Junction 8 of the M60, cutting through Green Belt to the east of the former Shell works.
The council’s corporate director of place now has the green light to work towards a planning application, including commissioning any surveys or investigations necessary and carrying out consultations.
Trafford needs an additional £12m to fund the project, which is expected to cost £29.4m in total. The council is preparing bids to the Levelling Up Fund and the City Region Sustainable Transport Fund to make up the shortfall.
To date, the council has secured £6m and £8.4m from the Growth Deal fund and Housing Infrastructure Fund respectively, with Section 106 contributions from forthcoming developments accounting for a further £2.8m.
In addition, the council proposes investing £1m to create active travel routes along the existing A6144 Carrington Lane.
The Carrington, Partington and Sale West area has been identified as a significant development location in the Places for Everyone 2021 plan.
The area is proposed for approximately 4,300 homes in the plan period to 2037, and around 3.7m sq ft of employment floorspace.
The 84-home redevelopment of the former court site was approved, not without dissent, at Trafford’s planning committee in March.
As the council is developing the site directly, in partnership with its contractor Seddon, officers sought executive approval to implement that consent and commit the necessary resources to make the scheme a reality.
Included within this are contributions of £350,000 to “increased levels of sustainability” such as air source heat pumps; and a contribution of £260,000 to Trafford Housing Trust towards social rent, as four shared ownership properties have been replaced with social rent properties within the plan.
Trafford acquired the site for an initial £4.3m in 2018, with the building demolished soon after and the site cleared.
Designed by architect IBI Group, the scheme as approved in March comprises 40 townhouses, six semi-detached properties, and 38 apartments across two blocks of three and four storeys. A total of 21 homes are to be affordable.
A further report on the project was presented to the executive by Trafford’s member for housing and regeneration, with access restricted.