Long Barn at Longford Park Trafford Council p Trafford Council

Buttress Architects designed the revamp of Long Barn at Longford Park. Credit: via Trafford Council

Trafford’s Longford Park overhaul moves forward

The 55-acre, council-owned green space is to undergo a series of improvement works, including bringing the Long Barn back into use as a volunteer centre. 

Longford Park is the largest park within the borough, with Kings Road, Great Stone Road, Ryebank Road, Cromwell Road, and Edge Lane as its borders.

Previously home to the 1836 Longford House mansion – itself the former home of philanthropist John Rylands – Longford Park was acquired by Trafford Council in 1911 and turned into a public park.

Working with The Environment Partnership and community group Friends of Longford Park, Trafford Council has developed a masterplan for the park. 

Now, the council’s planning committee has signed off the proposals. 

Schemes outlined within the masterplan, which can be viewed in more detail by searching for reference number 110093/FUL/23 on Trafford Coucnil’s planning portal, include: 

  • Improvements to existing sports facilities 
  • Creation of a BMX track 
  • Formalisation of footpaths and public realm 
  • Redesign of the former Longford Hall site and gardens to better articulate the building’s past and create an outdoor events space 
  • Redesign Pets Corner and create covered and open-air animal enclosures 
  • Bring the Long Barn back into community use 
  • Deculverting Longford Brook. 

The council is bidding for around £3m of National Lottery funding to pay for the project. 

A decision on the bid is expected in September and, if successful, work could start on site in autumn 2024, according to the council. 

Just over the border in Manchester, Step Places and Southway Housing Trust are developing proposals to build 120 homes on Ryebank Fields.

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My favourite park in Manchester. This is honestly a dream project. I hope they do this right.

By talknojutsu

A BMX track would not be in keeping with this beautiful park. You are making it into a clinical looking mess instead of a natural place of beauty. You were responsible for the demolition of the hall, now you want to ruin the whole park and build grey boxes on a nature reserve. You really never learn do you.

By Anonymous

It’s a shame we were given 3 minutes to put forward our objections to certain points at the meeting, whereas the council spoke for roughly 15 minutes underlining their intentions for the rejuvenations. Never at any point did they consider that Longford Park is a Conservation Area, Protected Open Space and a Wildlife Corridor. No consideration has been given to safety concerns re the BMX tract, open brook, encouragement of traffics into the Park and surrounding areas, which in turn will affect the whole of the bordering roads, as mentioned. Policing and upkeep of the Park has been dismissed as with any consideration to neighbours who live within and on the surrounding boundaries. The council admitted freely that this plan has been rushed and pushed through, the reasoning behind this, 3.5 Million input financially.

We are certainly not against all the plans put forward and realise the Park is tired, but we need to remember once Open Space has been taken away , it cannot be replaced. Conservation legislation clearly states ‘LIKE FOR LIKE.
I just pray the council look at the plans again and use common sense re the revamp and health and safety regarding access, also positioning of the BMX track, again which they are aware of lots of concern raised by residents.

By Janet Murtagh

Why on earth are they considering a BMX track in the park this will surely only become a meeting place for local youths to congregate and become a nuisance to the local residents who live on neighbouring roads.

By Anonymous

Sounds like a great idea. The more facilities for young people the better. Parks aren’t just for pensioners

By Anonymous

Where will the animals live while Pets Corner is being redeveloped??? You can’t just uproot them and put them in an unfamiliar space, and leaving them on site is not an option if there’s going to be dust, plant machinery and workmen all over the place. It’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.

By Anonymous

I’d bet a tenner that the people objecting to the BMX track on the basis that it will attract “youths” are the same people who constantly wonder why kids don’t play outside like they did in “their day”. It’s because the older generation have effectively illegalised young people being outside.

By Anonymous

The BMX will be a complete waste of money – the one at Platt Fields is empty 99% of the time. Repair/rejuvenating the rest of the park sounds great though.

By Chorlton QS

Lot of hate for the BMX track, its actually a small tarmac pump track that is being proposed here, not a full scale Olympic style venue. its similar to a small skate park, heaven forbid there is anything in the park for older kids to do other than hang around and cause a nuisance

By Eddy

No mention here of the play areas for the children . They are dangerous, outdated and unfit for purpose.

By Ann Woodworth

Great ideas for favourite park but totally opposed to the development on Ryebank Fields. This will negatively affect Longford park- wildlife being displaced, construction noise, a valuable green space being built on, though many local people oppose it

By Jan Marsden

With so much of our green space being eroded, to propose this parkland is further destroyed by the introduction of more hard surfaces is ridiculous. The fields already flood readily. More hard surfacing will increase the risk of flooding to the park and adjacent properties. The park is already well used by dog walkers, runners, picnickers, just people enjoying the green space. The roads around the park are congested, with limited parking for residents. To encourage more people from outside the area will make this unmanageable. Access is limited, with narrow access lanes and residential roads. The key commuter routes surrounding the park are overly congested. This scheme is too much for this area. We should be preserving and extending this conservation area, not ripping it up. SO much wildlife relies on it. Hough End has already been seriously compromised by the construction of the all weather pitches – don’t make the same mistake here.

By Erica Red

Having read through the planning application, it is clear that the mental and physical well-being of the residents of the area are not regarded as important. There is little consideration for the wildlife and existing biodiversity of the park. The value as a green lung and nature reserve is neglected. The main aim appears to be to make money out of the land. This might align with the needs of Amey PLC, but is inappropriate for Trafford Council who should be safeguarding the interests of its residents in the long term. Maintaining this park as a peaceful place for people to relax without having to pay to use it is intrinsic in the remit of TMBC. Don’t make the same mistake as was made with the grade 2 listed hall, that was allowed to fall into such disrepair that it became unsafe. Just because it was cheaper to pay the fine does not make it acceptable. Tearing up green space to pay bills is not the answer to global warming and climate change.

By Anonymous

I think Ryebank fields should be left to the wildlife.

By Evelyn woolry

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