TRAFFORD Council have taken ownership of the former magistrates' court in Sale for an undisclosed fee.

The courthouse will be demolished and the land used to provide much-needed housing for the area.

The former courthouse on Washway Road was identified as a "key re-development opportunity" and will play a significant role in the Council's plans to regenerate Sale town centre.

The courthouse has been vacant since the magistrates' court moved to Manchester city centre in 2016.

The Council said the building has been acquired for a "residential-led scheme" which will provide the "types of accommodation that local residents need", including affordable housing provision.

The Council did not confirm whether the affordable housing would be in the form of social housing or homes for sale. Proposals on how it will be taken forward are now being considered.

The Council said the site has been acquired as part of the its investment strategy, and will provide an investment return that can be re-invested in Council services.

Cllr James Wright, Executive Member for Investment, Regeneration and Strategic Planning, said: “The magistrates’ court is another excellent investment opportunity, generating a financial return which will be used to support our front line services.

"We are delighted to have been able to secure this site, which is a mark of our determination to continue regenerating the borough's town centres.

"There is now a fantastic opportunity to create a residentially-led development that will increase footfall and spend in the town centre, as well as providing quality homes in a very desirable location."

Trafford Council has refused to disclose how much they paid for the building.