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Plans to build flats on site next to Emirates Old Trafford thrown out

Plans to build flats on site next to Emirates Old Trafford thrown out

Plans to build a tower block containing 433 flats on the former B&Q site overlooking Emirates Old Trafford have been thrown out by the Council.

They feared the 13-storey building would be too high for the area — and impact the neighbouring Trafford Town Hall and Lancashire Cricket Club.

Site owner Accure Capital sought permission to build Trafford Place on the derelict plot at Great Stone Road. However, after lengthy debate, members of the council’s planning committee rejected the scheme. 

Lancashire Cricket Chief Executive, Daniel Gidney, branded the application ‘inappropriate’ during last week’s meeting, which was attended by Club staff and players.

“This proposal would be detrimental to the future of the club in terms of its scale and massing,” he said.

“A residential development of this size, adjacent to the ground, would be overbearing- and would impact the club significantly.

“It could also, potentially, put future test matches at risk.

“The development is inappropriate in terms of its location and scale — and I would urge for it to be refused.”

Councillor Aiden Williams said he was ‘alarmed’ the developer was offering to provide just 44 affordable homes in a development of this size.

Councillor Liz Patel said it was very unusual for council officers to list so many reasons to refuse an application.

“Therefore, I have to agree with them that this is a poorly designed scheme with so many unanswered questions,” she said. 

“Yes, the way forward in planning terms is to use brownfield sites first, but not just for the sake of it, or at any cost.”

“This is a lacklustre design on a significant site ­— and, in my view, it needs to be improved,” she added.

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