Altrincham's £70million town centre revitalisation scheme receives outline planning approval (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Altrincham's £70million town centre revitalisation scheme receives outline planning approval
THE much-anticipated Altair development in Altrincham town centre has been granted outline planning permission by Trafford Council’s planning committee.
Committee members voted unanimously in favour of the amended scheme, having originally given approval to Altrincham-based developers Nikal in 2008.
Speaking before Trafford’s planning committee on September 12, Gary Halman, on behalf of agents How Planning, said the failure to secure Altrincham Hospital within the development scheme and the ‘very difficult recession’ at the time had contributed to the delay.
He added: “It represents more than £60million in investment for the town centre and will be a major shot in the arm for Altrincham and help instill greater confidence in the town.”
The 4.5 acre Altair site will include a new leisure centre, a range of leisure-based retail outlets, restaurants, coffee shops and cafes, a tenpin bowling alley, 150 new apartments and townhouses, office space and a car park.
Welcoming the scheme, Cllr Bernard Sharp said he has been a councillor for 21 years and the site in question has been around for a similar length of time, ‘but if we do not do something we might have to wait around for another 21 years for something to happen’.
Cllrs Whetton and Walsh also spoke in favour of the scheme, particularly welcoming the addition of affordable housing.
Speaking after the meeting, Nick Payne, managing director of Nikal, said: “It’s a promising time for Altrincham; the refurbishment of the interchange is underway, there are new plans to revitalise the marketplace and now Altair.
"All these schemes will help rejuvenate the town and bring people and trade back into the area, as well as creating new jobs.
“In particular, Altair will focus on enhancing Altrincham’s hospitality offering, creating a vibrant leisure area, linking sport with eateries.”
Judie Collins, chairman of Altrincham Civic Society, said: “It is very important that the planning committee look at Altair in the larger vision for Altrincham as a whole.
“As a member of the Altirncham Forward Board the Civic Society welcomes any scheme that will enhance the Altrincham offer but urges great care in putting flesh on the bones for future planning decisions to be made.”
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