Massive £ 70m plans for overhaul of Sale town center approved, despite fears over sheer size of development

Dramatic £ 70m plans to overhaul Sale town center was given the green light despite having about the scale of the development.

During a lengthy debate, a number of town halls raised about how the scheme – which includes a cinema – will impact the area and its residents.

The plans will see the outdated shopping mall bulldozed and replaced with two tower blocks, 12 and 15-storeys high, that will house 184 flats.

The regeneration project, dubbed The Square, and multi-storey car park to replace the existing one.

An 84-seater cinema will be built alongside the south-facing pedestrian plaza and avenue linking the corner of Sibson and Springfield Roads to Town Square.

Developer Maloneview has been working on the concept for the masterplan for a number of years, before submitting plans to Trafford council in June.

However, during Thursday's planning meeting, Coun Barry Brotherton said: “This development is just too much for such a small site.

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"The tower blocks will dominate the town center – and will look completely out of character to the rest of the town."

He said he was "disappointed" about the number of "so-called" affordable housing being delivered.

"Just 20 properties out of almost 200 is not nearly enough," he said.

His colleagues Counsel Rob Chilton and Mike Freeman agreed and also spoke against the application.

Coun Chilton said the housing and cinema would be welcome additions to the town.

"It is the scale and design of development that is in dispute," he said.

"I am also concerned about the lack of parking."

Coun Freeman raised concerns about plans to relocate the town center taxi rank.

Speaking in favor of the application Mark Rebbeck, commercial director at Maloneview, described the shopping center as ‘outdated and tired’.

"This new development has been well-designed, and we want to start work at the earliest opportunity," he said.

Coun Daniel Bunting disagreed and said he was ‘underwhelmed’.

"They are trying to put too much on the site – and the apartment blocks are too high and out of character," he said.

"I am also interested in local schools and surgeries with the influx of more residents."

Coun Bunting suggested deferring the application so that councillors could "get around the table" with the developer.

"There are too many problems running through this scheme – and the residents of Sale will have forgotten if this turns into a botched job," he added.

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Coun Liz Patel described it as a ‘significant’ scheme that will impact residents.

She said: "However, there is a balance to be struck here.

“There is a lot to like about the plans, such as improvements to pedestrian routes and the public realm.

"At the moment the area is just a mash of concrete – and, therefore, I support the development."

Coun Geraldine Coggins agreed with her colleague.

"There are clearly a number of compromises with the development, but on balance, I am minded to support it," she said.


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