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Flixton site to be redeveloped despite objections
PLANS to develop Woodsend Circle have taken a step forward, despite concerns from some in the Urmston community.
Following approval by executive Trafford councillors at a meeting on June 24, LSP Developments Ltd will now revamp the 1960s, primarily three storey block, which comprises nine retail units and a doctor’s surgery on the ground floor, with 11 maisonettes above.
In a blueprint presented at the meeting, executive member for economic growth and prosperity, Cllr Michael Hyman, said: “Six of the retail units are holding over under expired leases, and the other three are currently vacant.”
He added that the GP surgery will move to within the Trafford General site by December 2014 ‘at the latest’.
However, the Woodsend Area Partnership, has expressed concern.
George Devlin, chair of the partnership, said: “The partnership has been working closely with the council and developers to ensure this development is right for the local community. But we’ve still got worries.
“Whilst supporting many aspects of the proposed development, we are very concerned about the future for the local shopkeepers.
“Despite reassurances from the council and the developers we are very worried that the existing shopkeeper tenants and their staff get abandoned by the council based on their narrow approach to the economics of the development.”
In his blueprint, Cllr Hyman said a ‘competitive bidding process’ was undertaken before LSP was chosen as the developer and a public consultation exercise was undertaken, which was held at Woodsend Library between February 23 and 25.
LSP now hopes to receive planning approval by September this year.
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