RESIDENTS are invited to have their say on planning proposals for the new Hale community centre and library.

Two planning applications for the proposed development were submitted in December by Hillcrest Homes, Hale Community Trust and Trafford Borough Council using local architects, Calderpeel.

One application details the plans to demolish the existing Hale Library and replace it with a mixed housing and retail development.

A separate application details the demolition of the existing bowling green pavilion which will be re-housed in a two storey building.

This new building is funded by and contingent upon development of the existing library site. It will also comprise a brand new public library, that will open following the closure of the existing library and flexible community space next to the bowling green.

The deadline for comments and responses is Wednesday January 25 that can be submitted via the following link. Details of the planning applications can also be found via the Trafford Borough Council website

Applications reference numbers are 93172 and 93173.

Submission of the planning applications follows over a year of detailed negotiation led by Hale Community Trust who have been a driving force behind the proposals to help save the local library as well as improve the facilities for the bowling club members and enhance provision for local residents, senior citizens and community groups.

Grahame Elliott, Chairman of Hale Community Trust said: “We are confident that the new community centre will be a positive benefit to the people and businesses of Hale for years ahead. We are thankful to Hillcrest Homes and to Trafford Borough Council for their co-operation.”

A final decision on the planning applications is expected in early February 2018.

More details of the planned new two-storey building - which will house the bowling club, public library and flexible community space including a community café - will shortly be on display at Hale Library on Leigh Road.

Hillcrest Homes, Calderpeel, Hale Community Trust and Trafford Library Service will be organising a date to answer questions about the new development and proposals for the site.