Plans unveiled for 174 homes in Old Trafford 

A joint venture between housing association Trafford Housing Trust and Trafford Council would deliver the second phase of the Tamworth Estate redevelopment on Bold Street.

The one- to four-bedroom homes would be a mix of units for market-sale, shared ownership and social rent, and will have private gardens or balconies and shared courtyards. They will also be energy-efficient, according to THT.

The plans also include improvements to the parking facilities at the adjacent tower blocks, owned by the trust, and a public square at the site, which could include a café and community space.

A consultation on the proposals will run for three weeks from today until 25 March, with a planning application to follow in the summer, the trust said.

The site previously consisted of the four high-rise ‘Seven Sisters’ tower blocks that formed the Tamworth Estate, demolished by the trust between 2013 and 2014. The first phase of redevelopment saw THT built 26 affordable homes, and the JV partnership with the council to bring forward the second phase was approved by Trafford Council last January.

Graeme Scott, executive director of development at THT, said: “We will be submitting a joint planning application with the council in the summer, so this is a great opportunity for people to see and comment on our plans.  If we get planning permission we intend to be on site in early 2022.

“Our proposals are in line with the principles established through the Old Trafford Masterplan, and promise to create a vibrant, sustainable community with quality housing.

“Greater Manchester and the North West have a real need for affordable housing, and this development is another good example of what we are doing to help tackle the current housing crisis.”

Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, added: “Trafford Council is totally committed to providing more social housing across the borough and the proposed Tamworth development is testament to that.

“There is also a huge green and sustainable element to the plans, which is another development priority for the council. This is an impressive redevelopment plan and I would encourage as many people as possible to give their views on the scheme as part of the consultation.”

Plans were announced in January this year for 188 new homes in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley, to be delivered by the trust and housebuilder Lovell.

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My opinion is that the development is a victory for the people who are the 99%.Great news. I have always thought of a solution to the absence of green space, trees, nice trees is to create these places on roofs with quality access for the public /residents. The density of population is achieved at the same time more, much more green space achieved. Just a thought…

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