Brown Street Hale June 2019

Work under way at Hale’s Brown Street

Charlie Schouten

Novo and Trafford Council’s £6m affordable housing development on Hale’s Brown Street car park will begin this week, delivering 22 apartments, although some residents have continued to object to the project.

Site set-up is due to begin today with a programme of remediation works getting under way in the coming weeks. The scheme of 10 town houses and 12 apartments, half of which are for affordable tenures, is due to complete in December 2020. The development also features a 67-space decked car park, which will be delivered concurrently with the apartments.

Six of the apartments are for shared ownership, with a further six for shared ownership for the over-55s. CPUK is the contractor, and the scheme has been designed by architect Project3.

Two public consultations have been held ahead of works getting under way; the first took place last summer, prior to planning permission being granted, with another event publicising the start of the works earlier this month.

Some local groups have continued their opposition to the scheme ahead of the start on site; ahead of the planning application last year, 250 letters of opposition were put forward. Objectors accused Trafford Council of “selling assets for short term financial gain without considering the long-term losses to the community”, while others claimed the scheme would deliver “fancy flats not affordable homes”, despite 55% of the homes being for shared ownership.

Novo managing director Ben Fearns said: “This is a complex scheme on a constrained site, so it is a credit to the whole delivery team to now be able to move it forward. With so few brownfield sites remaining in Hale this is an excellent opportunity to be delivering new homes, and we are so pleased to be able to do so with this affordable provision on site.

“With Hale’s well established community our team have sought to engage as much as possible, should anyone else wish to get in touch feel free to contact the team.

“We will continue to provide a very visible presence during the on-site works, along with our contractor, CPUK.”

Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “The scheme will provide much-needed affordable homes in Hale and, through developing this site, we are able to invest into the existing car park facility, improving its services and security for the public.”

Novo has set up an email address for anyone wishing to contact the developer on the Brown Street scheme: brownstreet@novoproperty.co.uk

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