Timperley Library set for October start as approval nears

Citybranch and Trafford Housing Trust’s redevelopment of Timperley Library on Stockport Road is set to start on site later this year after Trafford planning officers recommended the scheme for approval this week.

The proposals are for the redevelopment of the site bordered by Stockport Road and Baker Street and include a mix of residential and other uses.

A new-build block facing Baker Street features a a GP surgery and a 1,000 sq ft retail unit at ground floor level, along with a library and kitchen at first floor level. The second floor includes four affordable apartments being brought forward by Trafford Housing Trust.

On the site’s existing car park, a separate building will house a four-storey apartment block of 25 two-bed and three one-bed apartments. There will also be 117 car parking spaces on site.

Overall, 14 homes on the site will be made available for shared ownership, representing 48% of the total, ahead of the council’s 40% requirement.

Plans for the project were first submitted in 2016 and approved in September of that year. However, the upper floors of the new-build block were changed from office space to affordable units, necessitating the submission of an updated planning application.

AFL has since been drafted in to the project in place of original architect Calderpeel. Civic Engineers is also working on the project.

The latest iteration is due to be discussed by Trafford Council’s planning committee this Thursday with a recommendation to approve. Planning officers said the provision of affordable homes on the site was “a significant benefit compared to the previously approved scheme”.

Three letters of objection to the scheme were received by the council, which raised issues over bin storage and the development’s refuse strategy.

Subject to planning, the project is due to start in October or November this year.

Place North West reported four contractors – Casey, Cruden, Pochin’s, and Whitfield & Brown – had been shortlisted to build the scheme in October last year, and it is understood the shortlist of four still stands, though a final decision has not yet been made.

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I take it the car park will remain free to use? And don’t we already have two pharmacies in our little village? There will soon be more chemists than the gazillion barbers and hairdressers that are popping up!

By Stevie

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