A tower block with more than 50 apartments as well as offices and shops is planned for Stretford.

The outline planning application is for 550 square metres of land near White City Retail Park.

It seeks permission for two four-bed duplex apartments, 18 three-bed, 34 two-bed and two one-bed flats at the corner of Talbot Road, Chester Road and Stretford Road where a derelict fireplace showroom stands.

A design and access statement by Tang & Associates Chartered Architects describes the area as 'a prominent feature site in need of a prominent feature development'.

“This ensures the site also has great connections to Salford Quays, Manchester City Centre and the M60 motorway and beyond,” it says.

“Our aim is to create high-quality commercial and retail spaces to provide effective opportunities for local businesses and high-quality residential homes to deliver the much-needed range of housing to meet the community’s needs.

“The design aims to provide an attractive and sustainable development.”

The scheme includes a lobby reception area, plant room and separate refuse areas for residential and commercial use.

A secure basement bicycle parking area for 200 bikes is also included in the plan.

Capital Builders Ltd, of Bury New Road, Manchester, whose director is Khalid Mahmood, are behind the proposed tower close to Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, Media City UK, City Park Cornbrook Business Centre, Masjid E Hidaya, and The Lowry Theatre and Gallery.

It is also adjacent to Trafford Bar Metrolink stop, which is a 10-minute tram journey into Manchester city centre.

“The site has great opportunities to connect with public transport, making it a sustainable location for a business and residential development,” says the statement.

“Manchester is currently undergoing a major regeneration and change with Trafford contributing and supporting the vision of Manchester as a world-class city,” it adds. “As two key drivers in this regeneration, economics and housing are coming together to deliver sustainable communities in mixed-use schemes.”