The redevelopment of Stretford Mall took another step this week as Trafford Council approved phase one of the scheme in its entirety.

This redevelopment was approved in principle on March 10, but its details needed to be rubberstamped in several, separate applications.

The first of these applications concerned King Street, which is set to be reinstated by partners Bruntwood Works and Trafford Council as a high street with bars, restaurants, retailers and a market hall with more of the same.

To achieve this, the roof of a section of Stretford Mall is set to be removed.

Messenger Newspapers: Stretford Mall as it is todayStretford Mall as it is today (Image: Bruntwood Works)

The outdoors is seen as important part of the proposals, which include a square with events spaces and seating areas, as well as a large amount of greenery.

Additionally, the proposals include significant investment into the car park.

The council's Planning and Development Management Committee was recommended to approve phase one of the scheme at its meeting on November 10.

Members of all political parties were unanimous in their support of the plan.

Messenger Newspapers: An illustration of King StreetAn illustration of King Street (Image: Bruntwood Works)

Cllr Barry Winstanley said: "I have no hesitation in proposing we accept this plan. It will restore Stretford to some of its former glories."

Cllr Mike Freeman added: "I look forward to seeing construction starting on site and people starting to get the Stretford town centre that they can be proud of and that they deserve."

Now approved by the council's Planning and Development Management Committee, the work is set to start next year and to end as soon as summer 2024.

It is set to be followed by 800 apartments and townhouses, of which a quarter are described as affordable, as well as the creation of a canalside destination on the site of the Lacy Street car park and the ex-Royal Mail sorting office. The details of these are to be rubberstamped in applications submitted later this year, according to Bruntwood Works and Trafford Council.

This article was written by Jack Tooth. Jack is the reporter for The Messenger and covers anything and everything from within the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford.

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