Plans to transform the area of Stretford with a new market hall and canalside neighbourhood are to go before a public consultation.
Bruntwood Works and Trafford Council has invited the local community to have their say on plans that would see Stretford Mall replaced with new retail, leisure and work spaces including a ‘vibrant high street’ on King Street.
The plans aim to welcome independent market retail traders to the area and revitalise Stretford’s high street as a ‘lively new’ area with eateries, bars and an outdoor seating area.
The proposals could also see the creation of large new open spaces and green areas – the equivalent of 1.5 football pitches in size.
The plans also look at modernising the multi-storey car park in order to make it more convenient and secure.
Planning permission will be sought for up to 800 new homes on sites created by the reduction of Stretford Mall, close to St Matthews and on Lacy Street car park.
The plans have been designed in order to ensure Stretford town centre remains a ‘great place to work, live, shop and play’.
Andrea George, town centre and consumer brands director at Bruntwood Works, said: “We really want to invite local residents and the wider community to share their thoughts and input into the future of the King Street area, which will be the new retail heart of Stretford, as well as the wider masterplan for the town centre.
“The ongoing conversations behind this plan will ensure the composition, look and feel of this town centre works for current and future residents, as well as its visitors.
“The overwhelming responses already received at earlier stages of the design and planning process, have guided the developers and influenced ideas that you can now see in the mock-ups.”
A public consultation will take place next Saturday (September 11) at Stretford Mall where residents will be able to see the plans via CGI graphics and a specially created wooden replica model.
The ‘finer details’ of the transformation project are still to be decided; with final building designs, the specific numbers of homes, layouts, heights and precise locations of the planned buildings all points of discussion during the consultation.
A planning application is expected to be submitted in the coming weeks.
Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “We are keen for as many residents as possible to give us their views on these exciting plans to regenerate Stretford Mall and the town centre.
“We have already received an incredible number of responses regarding the ongoing work and this will help shape our thoughts regarding the development.
“Trafford Council has made it a priority to create successful and thriving places and to have pride in our town centres – and that includes Stretford.”
You can find out more about the plans and also provide comments via the Future Stretford website.