An enormous new ‘village’, complete with more than 700 new homes and one million sq ft of business space has been given the green light.

Plans for the first phase of the huge ‘Future Carrington’ scheme, which will transform the 1,650 acre former Carrington Shell processing plant, have been approved by Trafford council bosses.

Developers say the decision ‘paves the way for thousands of jobs, new homes, infrastructure and regeneration’.

Around 40 buildings and structures will be bulldozed to make way for the scheme.

Approval has been given for the initial plans for up to 725 homes, one million sq ft of employment space, a village centre, parks and a rugby club.

Up to 1,800 jobs will be created.

A map of the Carrington Shell plans

The ‘village centre’ will sit in the middle of the development, with shops, playgrounds, a doctor’s surgery, new walking and cycling routes and open green space. Carrington Rugby Club will be relocated, with new pitches, a clubhouse and a car park.

Darren Jones, managing director of developers HIMOR, said: “Future Carrington is a flagship vision as part of the Northern Powerhouse and we’re delighted this planning consent enables the delivery of long-held, shared ambitions to create a thriving, high quality community.”

Building work on the new homes will start later this year.

The planning application was submitted following 18 months of consultation with residents.

Carrington Rugby Club chairman Stuart Brame thanked HIMOR for ‘going over and above their statutory obligations’.

The application wasn’t without controversy.

Objectors to the scheme raised concerns about public rights of way, used by cyclists and walkers, and the impact on the wildlife that inhabits Carrington Moss.

Save Carrington Moss and Rights of Way groups have been set up, and a community dog walk has been organised for Saturday (April 22) and will set off from Dainewell Park at 2pm.

Future Carrington was named in the government’s Northern Powerhouse Investment Opportunities Portfolio – promoted in the Far East by former Chancellor George Osborne – as one of a dozen priority projects that will drive £5bn of investment into the north.