A RECOMMENDATION is being made to provide a mixed-use development on a controversial, central site in Sale Moor – and the council wants to know what you think.

Residents and businesses in the village are being invited to view the summary findings and preferred development option for the Warrener Street Car Park site at a public drop-in event.

It will take place at Lime Tree Primary Academy on Tuesday January 31, from 4.45pm to 6.45pm.

The Warrener Street site and its adjoining plots together form an “important gateway to Sale Moor Village”.

The council had previously stated that as a publicly owned asset, it “must ensure that development of the car park site achieves best value in both financial and socio-economic terms.”

Cushman & Wakefield was appointed to complete an independent options and feasibility study on behalf of Trafford Council to inform and determine the site’s future potential.

Two public consultations were held, in September and November 2016, which have helped to shape the study, with people asked what their key aspirations and concerns for the future of the site and wider village. They were also asked to provide feedback on a range of potential development options.

Cllr John Reilly, executive member for economic growth, environment and infrastructure, said: "Both the council and Cushman & Wakefield, are keen to encourage local residents and businesses to come along to the drop-in event to view the recommendations and preferred development option for this important site.

“We would not have got to the stage we are without their involvement so far and the importance of their continued involvement cannot be over-estimated."

Last year, Kirkland Developments was given planning permission to erect a new 1,140sq metre food store and two three-bedroom semi-detached houses on Warrener Street Car Park, the site of the IMO car wash on Northenden Road and 26a Marsland Road.

That was despite a long-fought campaign by residents and traders to block the scheme.