An 11-storey accommodation scheme – which has been designed to boost the economy and create jobs – could be built on the outskirts of Manchester city centre after proposals were unveiled.
The site earmarked for developed is located off Talbot Road in Old Trafford and once comprised a car park and an associated office building. It is in close proximity to the former GMP HQ building, British Gas and the old Kellogg’s site, and has been dubbed “underutilised”.
Proposed by United Living is a 156-apartment scheme. This would comprise 72 one-bed, 72 two-bed, nine two-bed duplex and three three-bed duplex flats.
Originally set to be across two blocks, it would now sit in one after pre-application discussions undertaken with Trafford Council.
A planning statement put together by Savills said: “It is now considered that the scheme better addresses site constraints and utilises the space within the site in a more efficient manner. The reduction in the built footprint has enabled the introduction of more usable green space, allowed a more efficient parking design and increased security.”
In terms of the economic benefits of the development, it would be expected to create investment in the locality and increase spending in Stretford and the wider area. It would also create “significant jobs” during the construction phase, with the project geared towards regenerating the wider area.
“In respect of social benefits, the provision of housing at a time when the council has a general shortage is considered to weigh in favour of the proposal and will contribute towards achieving the council’s objective of delivering sustainable communities,” added the statement.
A date for determination has yet to be set.