£70 million Altrincham Regeneration Scheme Gets Green Light

September 13, 2013 1:19 pm

Plans for the widely anticipated Altair development in Altrincham have been approved by Trafford Council.

Manchester-based developer Nikal has been given the go ahead for a £70 million mixed use leisure development which will complement the £19 million transport interchange scheme which is already underway in the historic market town.

The Altair scheme is situated on the 4.5 acre site located between Tesco and Altrincham Leisure Centre, adjacent to the interchange, and will be a new gateway into the bus, tram and train station.

The planning permission granted by Trafford Council includes a new leisure centre; a range of leisure-based retail outlets, restaurants, coffee shops and cafes; a tenpin bowling alley; 150 new apartments and townhouses, as well as a high quality office space and a car park.

Nick Payne, managing director of Nikal, said: “We’ve had a vision to regenerate this brownfield site for many years and it’s tremendously exciting to be taking the next steps with the support of the council.”

“It’s a promising time for Altrincham; the refurbishment of the interchange is underway, there are new plans to revitalise the marketplace and now Altair. All these schemes will help rejuvenate the town and bring people and trade back into the area, as well as creating new jobs. In particular, Altair will focus on enhancing Altrincham’s hospitality offering, creating a vibrant leisure area, linking sport with eateries.

“We’ve designed Altair so it will provide much needed linkages between the different areas of Altrincham, helping to enhance trade and dwell time for residents and visitors. The new office space will attract further investment from businesses currently situated outside the town and borough and the apartments and townhouses will create new housing opportunities not seen in the area.”

Over the next few months, Nikal will be asking local residents for their input on the types of occupiers they would like to see in Altair.

Nick added: “Altair is being built by Altrincham people, for Altrincham people. I’m proud to be part of something which is going to create a lasting positive impact for the area. It will enhance what Altrincham already has to offer and create a new, safe and vibrant location for local people and families to enjoy and relax in.”

Manchester firm, HOW Planning, prepared and submitted the planning application for Nikal.

Elizabeth Lees, senior planning and environmental consultant at HOW Planning, said: “This is a great result which will help to the on-going regeneration of Altrincham town centre. The plans have been very well received and I think everyone is looking forward to seeing the new development take shape.”

For more information on Altair, please visit www.altairltd.co.uk

1 Comment

  1. Claire
    Posted October 2, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Think this is good news for Altrincham if done co-operatively. Hope the ‘powers that be’ don’t neglect the fact that the pedestrian bridge over the train/tram tracks further up Stockport road- Grosvenor road needs to be gutted…repeatedly smells of urine & graffiti regardless of attempts to repaint on a weekly: monthly basis. Needs to be re-designed for safety & to stop people from vandalising & ASB. It is regularly used by young school children and families and needs to be improved.

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