Trafford Council welcomes granting of the compulsory purchase order on site earmarked for Altair development

Messenger Newspapers: An image of the proposed £100m Altair development An image of the proposed £100m Altair development

THE developers behind a multi-million pound scheme earmarked for Altrincham have won a crunch planning battle - and now they say it's 'all systems go' for the development.

A compulsory purchase order (CPO) has been granted to force ATS Euromaster off its site on Oakfield Road.

That means a major obstacle has been removed from the path of a proposed £100 million redevelopment - known as Altair - of the Oakfield Road car park area.

The Altair project comprises a hotel, leisure facilities including an ice rink, homes, offices, shops, restaurants and cafes and a 500-space underground car park.

There would be around 2,000 construction jobs and 2,000 permanent jobs on completion of the scheme.

Developers Nikal claimed last year at the public meeting into the CPO that it was essential to demolish the ATS Euromaster garage and neighbouring Bridge Inn pub for the project to go ahead as planned.

The pub has just been demolished after it was recently bought by Trafford Council and now the way is clear for the garage to be removed.

Nick Payne, managing director of Nikal, said the CPO had 'opened the gateway' for work to begin on Altair next year - and the development could be in place by 2016.

The scheme wwould be linked to a major upgrade of Altrincham Interchange, bringing the total investment to £120 million - and he believes these developments are a key part of efforts to breathe new life into the town.

"This is incredibly good news and it is now all systems go.

"It will be the biggest development in Altrincham for some considerable time and it is sorely needed."

He explained that as the scheme had lost out in its bid to build a new Altrincham hospital, the plans would have to be amended, which would probably see the number of homes increased from 30 to 150.

It was hoped to complete most of the work in one phase - it that was the case it could be completed in two and a half to three years. The timescale would be four years if it was completed in phases.

Trafford executive councillor Mike Cornes said: “I am extremely pleased that we have confirmation of the CPO which will enable the council to assembly fully the Altair site so that the ambitious development can proceed. This multi-million pound scheme, being delivered by our partners Nikal, will transform the look and feel of Altrincham, bringing huge benefits to the town centre.

"These are exciting times for Altrincham, and local people can be assured that the council is dedicated to securing a bright future for the town. We are working closely with business and community groups as part of the Altrincham Forward group to ensure the town can re-establish itself as a first class destination.”

ATS Euromaster declined to comment.

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12:03pm Thu 16 Feb 12

Alty Plus says...

Good news - crack on
Good news - crack on Alty Plus

2:20pm Thu 16 Feb 12

CtrlAlty says...

Yes, good news. The demolishion of the ATS building alone is something positive. The current owners never bothered looking after it.
Yes, good news. The demolishion of the ATS building alone is something positive. The current owners never bothered looking after it. CtrlAlty

10:38pm Thu 16 Feb 12

dipperdapper says...

any chance of a new cycling path? as part of the plans?
any chance of a new cycling path? as part of the plans? dipperdapper

1:38pm Fri 17 Feb 12

mms98 says...

A cycling path ?

Are you stupid?

Cyclists are the last thing Altrincham needs.

I'd rather have charity shops!!

Cyclists- hmmm, dont stop at red lights , ride on pavements , ride in the middlle of bus's paths, get knocked over, blame the driver.

Tell you what , you pay for it and you can have it.

DO us a favour and shove your bike's!!
A cycling path ? Are you stupid? Cyclists are the last thing Altrincham needs. I'd rather have charity shops!! Cyclists- hmmm, dont stop at red lights , ride on pavements , ride in the middlle of bus's paths, get knocked over, blame the driver. Tell you what , you pay for it and you can have it. DO us a favour and shove your bike's!! mms98

4:19pm Fri 17 Feb 12

ethanuk says...

Not sure I follow the question about a new cycle path. Moss Lane already has a cycle path in place. If you look at the remainder of the plans, Altair is bordered by Moss Lane (cycle path exists here), the tram/train line (no point having a cycle path here), the leisure centre (no point having a cycle path here) and part of oakfield road.

Creating a cycle path on the short stretch of oakfield road would be pointless without extending it beyond the Altair development or over onto Manor Road, next to Tesco.
Not sure I follow the question about a new cycle path. Moss Lane already has a cycle path in place. If you look at the remainder of the plans, Altair is bordered by Moss Lane (cycle path exists here), the tram/train line (no point having a cycle path here), the leisure centre (no point having a cycle path here) and part of oakfield road. Creating a cycle path on the short stretch of oakfield road would be pointless without extending it beyond the Altair development or over onto Manor Road, next to Tesco. ethanuk

9:48pm Fri 17 Feb 12

dipperdapper says...

since trafford council do not have a genuine policy of protecting all "vru" all is needed is some upgrading of exsisting cycle lanes and put in place more where they are needed, cycling in trafford must be made safer, its no good trafford cycle forum blowing hot air when in reality nothing gets done, action is what is needed and i believe private funding is the way forward for a proper cycle infrastructure not just in manchester but countrywide
since trafford council do not have a genuine policy of protecting all "vru" all is needed is some upgrading of exsisting cycle lanes and put in place more where they are needed, cycling in trafford must be made safer, its no good trafford cycle forum blowing hot air when in reality nothing gets done, action is what is needed and i believe private funding is the way forward for a proper cycle infrastructure not just in manchester but countrywide dipperdapper

11:41pm Fri 17 Feb 12

apollored says...

This is the first time I have seen the pictures of the Altair Development and I have never seen anything so hideous since that awful Hilton in Deansgate.

What an disgrace that is going to look in Altrincham. Just like something plonked there with no thought about beauty at all.

Whoever thought that up wants to be struck off!

With regards to mms98's comment about cyclists, you are the unwise one.

I cycle and I STOP AT RED LIGHTS, dont ride on pavements and do my best to be considerate.

So any extra cycle paths would be welcome ignoramus.
This is the first time I have seen the pictures of the Altair Development and I have never seen anything so hideous since that awful Hilton in Deansgate. What an disgrace that is going to look in Altrincham. Just like something plonked there with no thought about beauty at all. Whoever thought that up wants to be struck off! With regards to mms98's comment about cyclists, you are the unwise one. I cycle and I STOP AT RED LIGHTS, dont ride on pavements and do my best to be considerate. So any extra cycle paths would be welcome ignoramus. apollored

5:21pm Sat 18 Feb 12

apollored says...

A good start might be to upgrade and resurface the canal towpath all the way from at least Altrincham to Manchester City Centre.

The bit from Stretford is so isolated and treacherous as it is narrow and its so easy to slip and possibly fall into the canal as that unfortunate lady who died when she fell from her bike into the water.
A good start might be to upgrade and resurface the canal towpath all the way from at least Altrincham to Manchester City Centre. The bit from Stretford is so isolated and treacherous as it is narrow and its so easy to slip and possibly fall into the canal as that unfortunate lady who died when she fell from her bike into the water. apollored

7:27pm Sat 18 Feb 12

dipperdapper says...

@apollored i agree the path alongside the canal from halfords/a56 to brooklands is a disgrace and urgently needs an upgrade, also whoever put them bars outside the school just before sale bridge needs shooting i almost slipped into the canal myself a few times, as for delusional people who keep saying cyclists dont stop at red lights and all other things that are untrue should shut the f"ck up and bring there sad lifes back to some kind of reality, we need proper investment in a sound cycling infrastructure or we will see a fall in use of bikes, that would be bad for bike shops and would affect local economy which as we are all aware is not doing to great
@apollored i agree the path alongside the canal from halfords/a56 to brooklands is a disgrace and urgently needs an upgrade, also whoever put them bars outside the school just before sale bridge needs shooting i almost slipped into the canal myself a few times, as for delusional people who keep saying cyclists dont stop at red lights and all other things that are untrue should shut the f"ck up and bring there sad lifes back to some kind of reality, we need proper investment in a sound cycling infrastructure or we will see a fall in use of bikes, that would be bad for bike shops and would affect local economy which as we are all aware is not doing to great dipperdapper

9:13am Sun 19 Feb 12

apollored says...

Aye I know dapper, I came onto the path just off Eastway and had to turn back as it was too slippery and dangerous so instead of building hideous eyesores like Altair, they could invest in better cycling facilities to encourage people to cycle to Altrincham to shop and work.
Aye I know dapper, I came onto the path just off Eastway and had to turn back as it was too slippery and dangerous so instead of building hideous eyesores like Altair, they could invest in better cycling facilities to encourage people to cycle to Altrincham to shop and work. apollored

1:15pm Sun 19 Feb 12

cromford says...

I'm a cyclist and I don't see the need for cycle paths. The roads are good enough for me, and when using a bike it is quite quick to get around even in the rush hours - even if you stop at red lights!

All these car users must live very dull lives with lots of time on their hands. What else explains their choice of such a slow form of urban transport?
I'm a cyclist and I don't see the need for cycle paths. The roads are good enough for me, and when using a bike it is quite quick to get around even in the rush hours - even if you stop at red lights! All these car users must live very dull lives with lots of time on their hands. What else explains their choice of such a slow form of urban transport? cromford

5:09pm Sun 19 Feb 12

apollored says...

Sure they might be quick enough but have you tried to get from Sale to Stretford down Cross Street in rush hour?

Just end up pushing with one foot on the pavement trying to squeeze past cars that are bumper to bumper.

Give the towpath anytime and I wish it was the same all the way into Manchester and up to Altrincham.

That bottleneck at Trafford College is impossible as well.
Sure they might be quick enough but have you tried to get from Sale to Stretford down Cross Street in rush hour? Just end up pushing with one foot on the pavement trying to squeeze past cars that are bumper to bumper. Give the towpath anytime and I wish it was the same all the way into Manchester and up to Altrincham. That bottleneck at Trafford College is impossible as well. apollored

5:32pm Sun 19 Feb 12

Big G says...

mms98 wrote:
A cycling path ? Are you stupid? Cyclists are the last thing Altrincham needs. I'd rather have charity shops!! Cyclists- hmmm, dont stop at red lights , ride on pavements , ride in the middlle of bus's paths, get knocked over, blame the driver. Tell you what , you pay for it and you can have it. DO us a favour and shove your bike's!!
I am in total agreement, I would love to see the version of the Highway Code that some of these cyclists adhere to. As I have said before, there is no need to put your lives at risk by jumping lights etc., in order to get where you are going quicker why dont you set of a bit earlier , you will be safer and the motorists will stop banging on about dangerous cycling.
[quote][p][bold]mms98[/bold] wrote: A cycling path ? Are you stupid? Cyclists are the last thing Altrincham needs. I'd rather have charity shops!! Cyclists- hmmm, dont stop at red lights , ride on pavements , ride in the middlle of bus's paths, get knocked over, blame the driver. Tell you what , you pay for it and you can have it. DO us a favour and shove your bike's!![/p][/quote]I am in total agreement, I would love to see the version of the Highway Code that some of these cyclists adhere to. As I have said before, there is no need to put your lives at risk by jumping lights etc., in order to get where you are going quicker why dont you set of a bit earlier , you will be safer and the motorists will stop banging on about dangerous cycling. Big G

7:18pm Sun 19 Feb 12

dipperdapper says...

i have to use the roads and i agree its faster at offpeak times, but if you have had many attempts to knock you down you would be thinking about safer cycling much more, ive had way to many issues and i keep to the rules of the road, i stop at every red light like 99% of cyclists, because of the issues ive had and because cycling is important to me i want to see cycling taken away from busy roads like the a56 and feel the funding will be best coming from private companys as trafford council have a policy of not protecting cyclists despite there cycle forum that has nothing but hot air, the canal path is good for many cyclists and without doubt upgrading the path from brooklands to halfords at broadheath would be much apreciated and the sooner the better
i have to use the roads and i agree its faster at offpeak times, but if you have had many attempts to knock you down you would be thinking about safer cycling much more, ive had way to many issues and i keep to the rules of the road, i stop at every red light like 99% of cyclists, because of the issues ive had and because cycling is important to me i want to see cycling taken away from busy roads like the a56 and feel the funding will be best coming from private companys as trafford council have a policy of not protecting cyclists despite there cycle forum that has nothing but hot air, the canal path is good for many cyclists and without doubt upgrading the path from brooklands to halfords at broadheath would be much apreciated and the sooner the better dipperdapper

7:47pm Sun 19 Feb 12

apollored says...

"I am in total agreement, I would love to see the version of the Highway Code that some of these cyclists adhere to. As I have said before, there is no need to put your lives at risk by jumping lights etc., in order to get where you are going quicker why dont you set of a bit earlier , you will be safer and the motorists will stop banging on about dangerous cycling."

Think you're flogging a dead bike with us cyclists on here who as you have read do Respect The Red and dont ride on pavements.

But those who dont need penalising quickly before they get hurt or hurt someone else.

And anyway why are so many cyclists always in such a rush? Part of cycling is enjoying whats round you, not having it pass in a blur.
"I am in total agreement, I would love to see the version of the Highway Code that some of these cyclists adhere to. As I have said before, there is no need to put your lives at risk by jumping lights etc., in order to get where you are going quicker why dont you set of a bit earlier , you will be safer and the motorists will stop banging on about dangerous cycling." Think you're flogging a dead bike with us cyclists on here who as you have read do Respect The Red and dont ride on pavements. But those who dont need penalising quickly before they get hurt or hurt someone else. And anyway why are so many cyclists always in such a rush? Part of cycling is enjoying whats round you, not having it pass in a blur. apollored

8:47pm Sun 19 Feb 12

dipperdapper says...

road cycling is about speed, and the enjoyment and thrill is like nothing else, the humming sound of everything working perfect, the sky pro cycling kit looking good, its not a rush its a high road cycling gives you, however is it the same now than it was say 5 years ago? or even a year ago? myself id say no way, year in year out things are getting worse, not only driving standards are worse now but the state of the roads which trafford must be ashamed about, look at the state of sinderland lane just past the crem im now having to cycle in the middle of the road, go on have a look on your left hand side towards the church on the corner, i stick my arm out to turm right towards the partington area and some idioy overtook me in a big van, how i managed not to come down is a miracle and a godsend for trafford as id have brought them to there knees
road cycling is about speed, and the enjoyment and thrill is like nothing else, the humming sound of everything working perfect, the sky pro cycling kit looking good, its not a rush its a high road cycling gives you, however is it the same now than it was say 5 years ago? or even a year ago? myself id say no way, year in year out things are getting worse, not only driving standards are worse now but the state of the roads which trafford must be ashamed about, look at the state of sinderland lane just past the crem im now having to cycle in the middle of the road, go on have a look on your left hand side towards the church on the corner, i stick my arm out to turm right towards the partington area and some idioy overtook me in a big van, how i managed not to come down is a miracle and a godsend for trafford as id have brought them to there knees dipperdapper

10:37pm Sun 19 Feb 12

apollored says...

Ok if you're fit enough lol. I'm just a ploddy unfit cyclist with an old MTB lol.

So I dont do the racing bike 45 miles an hour that someone I know said he scared himself senseless going over a hump bridge at.

More like a steady ride down the Fallowfield Loop and canals and any off road path I can find:)

Havent cycled round the Crem for ages I must say. When I'm fit again and back on my bike, I might wander up and have a gander.

Shaftesbury Avenue has great cycle provision but the road surface is awful and very hard work to cycle on.
Ok if you're fit enough lol. I'm just a ploddy unfit cyclist with an old MTB lol. So I dont do the racing bike 45 miles an hour that someone I know said he scared himself senseless going over a hump bridge at. More like a steady ride down the Fallowfield Loop and canals and any off road path I can find:) Havent cycled round the Crem for ages I must say. When I'm fit again and back on my bike, I might wander up and have a gander. Shaftesbury Avenue has great cycle provision but the road surface is awful and very hard work to cycle on. apollored

12:37pm Tue 21 Feb 12

WayneC says...

Why dont we just fill the Canal in and use it as a cycle path? It forms choke points on the roads (Park Rd Timperley etc) as there is only main bridges to cross it.

But getting back to the original topic, not very suprised that an afflluant area like Alty gets a £100m investment, where Sale is the poor relative, and is slowly, but surely heading down hill to the stage when all its shops will be a selection of the following: Charity Shops, Pawn Shops, Betting Shops.
Why dont we just fill the Canal in and use it as a cycle path? It forms choke points on the roads (Park Rd Timperley etc) as there is only main bridges to cross it. But getting back to the original topic, not very suprised that an afflluant area like Alty gets a £100m investment, where Sale is the poor relative, and is slowly, but surely heading down hill to the stage when all its shops will be a selection of the following: Charity Shops, Pawn Shops, Betting Shops. WayneC

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