Construction begins on the Square, Hale Barns

An artist's impression of the Booths store

An artist's impression of the Booths store

First published in News Messenger Newspapers: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

CONSTRUCTION has begun at the Square, Hale Barns, with the new Booths supermarket expected to open early in 2015.


At a groundbreaking event last Thursday, the Mayor of Trafford, Cllr Dylan Butt, executive member for economic growth and prosperity, Cllr Michael Hyman and ward councillor, Bernard Sharp, joined developers Laurence Martin of Development Securities, Adam Gross of Citybranch and Graham Booth, MD of Booths to celebrate the start of the development.


Construction at the site is due to be completed by October next year, with the flagship Booths store set to open the following March.


The £30 million scheme will also include a cafe, 10 to 15 shops and 24 luxury one and two-bedroom apartments.


Mr Martin said: “They’re going to be aimed mainly at first time buyers and down-sizers.


“There are a lot of what can be called ‘empty-nesters’ who would probably like to down-size, but would also like to keep a foothold in the area.”


The scheme was held up for two years because three businesses – Hale Barns Post Office, Admirals fish and chip shop and Hale Barns Tandoori – refused to move out.


However, after a public inquiry in February, secretary of state Eric Pickles rubberstamped planning inspector Mel Middleton’s recommendation to grant compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) for the three businesses, allowing for construction to begin.


It had been feared Hale Barns would be left without a post office provision, but Cllr Hyman and Mr Martin told Messenger they believe the former post master has taken over the Best One store, also on Hale Road, and hopes to open a Post Office counter within the shop.


Cllr Hyman said: “I am really hopeful that a solution can be found, I certainly feel that it is important that this community is served by a post office.”

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Ward councillor, Bernard Sharp, said: “This has been my dream for years and years. Residents have wanted to see progress for so long and now finally they can see it.”

Mayor of Trafford, Cllr Dylan Butt said: “We are eventually about to see the rebirth of our village centre in Hale Barns.


“As a local councillor, I along with my colleagues have always supported the much needed development of the Square which would be appealing to the majority of local residents and become a landmark for Hale Barns to be proud of for years to come.”

Councillor Michael Hyman said: “This is great news for Hale Barns and I am pleased that construction is now underway.


“The Square will create over 100 jobs and provide a new place to shop, eat and socialise. I look forward to its completion and enjoyment by many people.”

Graham Booth, director of Booths Supermarkets said: “We are delighted to be opening a new store in Hale Barns, building on the success in the region of our Media City store.


“After many years of aspiration, we have finally got the green light to begin to create a store in Hale Barns that we hope will provide the very best locally sourced produce in this prestigious location.”

Laurence Martin, project director, Development Securities PLC added: “The redevelopment of The Square has been eagerly awaited by local residents and with construction now underway, we look forward to delivering The Square for many to enjoy.


“So far, interest in the retail and restaurant units is strong given that there is limited new, high quality space available locally and we are confident that we can deliver a fantastic new destination for Hale Barns that revitalises the town centre.”

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11:10pm Thu 14 Nov 13

watching says...

When are they going to start spending money on updating Sale its a disgrace ,paid a visit to Wythenshawe center this week it leaves Sale in the dark ages with more charity shops than we ever had.
When are they going to start spending money on updating Sale its a disgrace ,paid a visit to Wythenshawe center this week it leaves Sale in the dark ages with more charity shops than we ever had. watching
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11:54am Fri 15 Nov 13

chapellanecharlie says...

'Watching' is moaning about the state of Sale, but this has nothing to do with The Square in Hale Barns. Let him take action in the same way that the residents of Hale Barns did over many years, and maybe he would be satisfied that he has actually done something instead of complaining.

On the subject of The Square having been demolished and the loss of the Post Office, I cannot see Post Office Ltd agreeing to allow their facility being taken to a teeny-weeny shop being shared with another retailer, with all the implications of security and protection of public funds.

It was up to the Sub-Postmaster to find proper premises, and he missed the opportunity to move into the old NatWest Bank because he said he couldn't afford it. Where was his skill of being a business-man?

Sorry Hale Barns, but we aren't going to have a Post Office for a long time yet, and I think that Post Office Ltd wants to close them and not open more of them.
'Watching' is moaning about the state of Sale, but this has nothing to do with The Square in Hale Barns. Let him take action in the same way that the residents of Hale Barns did over many years, and maybe he would be satisfied that he has actually done something instead of complaining. On the subject of The Square having been demolished and the loss of the Post Office, I cannot see Post Office Ltd agreeing to allow their facility being taken to a teeny-weeny shop being shared with another retailer, with all the implications of security and protection of public funds. It was up to the Sub-Postmaster to find proper premises, and he missed the opportunity to move into the old NatWest Bank because he said he couldn't afford it. Where was his skill of being a business-man? Sorry Hale Barns, but we aren't going to have a Post Office for a long time yet, and I think that Post Office Ltd wants to close them and not open more of them. chapellanecharlie
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11:14pm Sat 16 Nov 13

Altysmiffy says...

In response to the last comment, many Post Offices are now being put into "teeny-weeny" shops. I work in one such shop in Irvine where we have just opened a post office.
I see no reason why there will not be a new post office opened in Hale Barns.
In response to the last comment, many Post Offices are now being put into "teeny-weeny" shops. I work in one such shop in Irvine where we have just opened a post office. I see no reason why there will not be a new post office opened in Hale Barns. Altysmiffy
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