A SNOOKER hall could be demolished to make way for a seven-storey tower block, containing 42 flats.

Plans to bulldoze the derelict Rileys snooker hall in Bridgewater Road, Altrincham to build the one and two-bed apartments has angered local residents.

Applicant Maya Property Developments is seeking permission from Trafford Town Hall demolish Rileys Snooker Club but neighbours have slammed plans for the high-rise development.

Forty-three neighbours have slammed the scheme – and argue a lack of parking, noise and air pollution are reasons the plans should be scrapped.

They also described the building as ‘unsightly’ and ‘unacceptably’ high – and labelled it out of keeping with the surrounding area.

However, planning documents stated: “The layout and relationship with existing roads, footpaths and adjoining buildings has been carefully considered.

“The reason is to ensure that people on foot can move about safely and easily in an attractive legible environment.

“The hard landscaped courtyard will benefit from natural surveillance from the proposed dwellings that overlook it.”

The document continued: “The height, scale and massing of the built form has also been carefully considered in order to positively respond to the surrounding land uses in the locality.

“The height of the development will provide a transitional scale east to west, with a lower three storey form adjacent to the residential properties on Emery Close.

“This will rise to five storeys for the central section and seven storeys adjacent to the industrial uses west of the site.

“A development such as this poses an opportunity to create scale and interest adjacent to the water side and also increase the supply of housing in a highly accessible location.

“The innovative, high quality design will enable the building to become a recognised, distinctive addition to the locality.”

Trafford planning officers have recommended the application for approval.

Councillors are scheduled to make a decision on the development on Thursday.