A decision to refuse permission to Redrow for a 400-home scheme on Warburton Lane in Partington has been upheld on appeal and Trafford Council said it would continue to do what it can to stop people from being priced out of the borough.
Trafford Council opposed Redrow Homes’ plans last year due to a lack of affordable properties within the proposed 61-acre development.
Trafford claimed that 45% of the homes should have been designated as affordable but Redrow did not include any affordable provision in its scheme.
Redrow subsequently appealed and the decision went to a public inquiry that concluded last week. Planning inspector Christina Downes sided with the council, stating in her decision letter that Redrow’s failure to provide affordable housing was given “very substantial weight” in the case.
Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said this week: “Our priority is to see quality, affordable and social housing being built in Trafford.
“We don’t want anyone, particularly Trafford residents, to get priced out of living here. Therefore, we will do all we can to make sure people can afford to live in the area, that fair and inclusive housing will be built for all and that our children can continue living in Trafford if they so desire.”
Meanwhile, developer Countryside Properties’ plans for more than 400 homes, across two plots north of the site of the refused Redrow scheme, were given the go-ahead by Trafford Council last month.
A total of 118 homes, spread across plots at Hall Lane and another next to the Ship Canal, have been earmarked as affordable.
In addition, the developer will make a financial contribution to the building of the Carrington Relief Road, which will help to improve the accessibility of the area.
Cllr Wright added: “We welcome large scale developments but they must be compliant with our affordable housing policy and suit the needs of the borough.”