Second Stretford Mall consultation to open
Bruntwood Works and Trafford Council will hold a second public consultation on the future of Stretford Mall at the end of January.
The two parties bought the mall from M&M Asset Management last year as part of their joint venture to redevelop high streets across Trafford. The £50m mall deal also included the acquisition of Altrincham’s Stamford Quarter Shopping Centre and Clarendon House.
M&M had already started to overhaul the plot, demolishing around 61,000 sq ft of vacant retail space as well as the O’Briens pub, to create improved access, updated facades, a new entrance and green spaces fronting Chester Road.
Tenants include Aldi, Boots, Clarks, Costa Coffee, Heron Foods and Holland & Barrett.
The redevelopment of Stretford Mall is part of Trafford Council’s wider Stretford Masterplan to upgrade the town centre. The project is bidding for funding from Government’s £675m Future High Streets Fund, which could see it awarded up to £25m. Other North West towns that have been selected for the second round of the fund include Carlisle, Bolton, Rochdale, Runcorn, Blackpool, Kirkham, Barrow and others.
As part of the Stretford masterplan, the council had mooted using Compulsory Purchase Order powers around Edge Lane to bring forward more development around the mall, and had also been looking to redevelop the areas around King Street and Arndale House to create a “more accessible and outward-looking town centre”.
The first public consultation event was held last November. Key themes identified included the importance of retaining and attracting more independent businesses, improvements in leisure and shopping facilities and how to make the area more accessible in the evenings.
The next consultation will take place on 25 January between 8am and 6pm.
Andrew Cooke, regional director for Manchester at Bruntwood Works, said: “Together with Trafford Council we have a fantastic opportunity to breathe new life into Stretford Mall and help it reach its full potential. Town centres are at the heart of our local communities and are critical to the overall success of our cities.
“In order to transform Stretford we need to engage as many people as possible in the early stages of the process. We look forward to hearing more from the local community and continuing discussions to ensure their views are factored into the exciting plans that will shape their town centre.”
Cllr Andrew Western, leader of Trafford Council, added: “Everyone accepts that change must happen and we are determined that the community should be included in the debate about how we deliver these improvement changes for the mall and the wider masterplan.”