After agreeing to move forward with a mixed-use scheme in Sale Moor last year, Trafford Council has now taken plans for the Warrener Street car park back to the drawing board with a public consultation due to be held early next month.
The site in the centre of Sale Moor village was first earmarked for redevelopment in late 2015 when a 17,400 sq ft superstore was proposed by Kirkland Developments; this was granted planning permission the following year. However, this approach was rejected by then-leader of Trafford Council, Cllr Sean Anstee.
Instead, the council agreed to bring forward a mixed-use project on the site, including a health centre, 16 homes split between apartments and semi-detached houses, and improved parking facilities. This was approved at a meeting of the council’s executive in June last year following a public consultation.
Following a change in leadership at the council this May, with Conservative Cllr Anstee replaced as leader by Labour Cllr Andrew Western, the council is now proposing to re-consult on the plans for Warrener Street.
The council said this decision had been made “following discussions with other land owners” and the rethink would focus on “just the car park” and would “consider options for the future of the site”.
A consultation event is due to take place on 6 December 2018 between 5pm and 7:30pm at Sale High School on Norris Road.
Cllr James Wright, executive member for investment, regeneration and strategic planning at Trafford Council, said: “The Council is keen to ensure that the views of the local community are heard and that any proposals taken forward for the Warrener Street Car Park site will have benefited from the input and engagement of local businesses and residents.
“This will help us to achieve the best possible solution and maximise the potential of the site for the Sale Moor community.”