Skerton Road investor hunts for developer after Trafford sign-off
CJM Investment’s plans for 367 apartments on the former Arkady Craigmillar factory site in Trafford Bar have been approved by the council and a delivery partner is sought.
The Tim Groom Architects-designed residential scheme on Skerton Road is part of Trafford Council’s 135-acre Civic Quarter masterplan. The three-acre site sits at the intersection of Tennis Street and Grove House and is bounded by Elsinore Road to the north-west.
CJM Investment, a Worsley-based special purpose vehicle headed up by director John Main, according to Companies House, first lodged an application to build 400 homes on the site in March and has since scaled back the scheme.
The latest proposal comprises five apartment blocks ranging in height between five and 10 storeys. The residential offer includes 166 one-bedroom apartments, 118 two-bedroom and 42 three-bedroom apartments, as well as 41 townhouses ranging from one to three bedrooms.
The plan also includes on-site parking, landscaped outdoor space and a clubhouse in the centre of the development, which will provide multifunctional space for residents to socialise and exercise. The latter feature is a nod to the site’s former use as home of the Northern Lawn Tennis Association, according to CJM Investment.
The developer has appointed property consultancy CBRE to help it find a delivery partner to bring forward the scheme.
John Dunlop, senior director of CBRE’s UK development and residential team, said; “Having been instructed to work with CJM on this key site in June, it is an excellent result for the team to have secured planning consent to bring it to life.
“The scheme is an ideal size, location and configuration for the current residential market and is set to attract strong interest from potential delivery partners.
“We are looking forward to engaging with interested parties and to seeing the scheme progress in due course.”
Tim Groom, founder and managing director of Tim Groom Architects, added: “The design of the Trafford Bar project provides a great mix of homes centred on a sense of community and neighbourhood, and seeks to diversify the existing housing offer in the area.
“What sets the development apart from others is that the location is fantastic, offering a suburban lifestyle that benefits from being minutes away from city life. With its large open green space, including the on-site Lawn Club, it provides a real focal point for residents to the create their own community.”
The development site has lain vacant and derelict since Arkady Craigmillar, a UK supplier of bakery ingredients and frozen products, relocated to a different Trafford site after the company was acquired by US-based CSM Bakery Solutions in 2013.
The site is close to Trafford Bar Metrolink station and Trafford Council’s £13.4m walking and cycling route, and also has close to links to the A56 and several bus routes.
The scheme was approved by Trafford Council on Thursday, in line with officers’ recommendations. Zerum is the planning consultant for the scheme and Urban Green is the landscape architect and landscape planner.