Over 140 jobs are set to be created in Broadheath after Trafford Council gave the go-ahead to a new Farmhouse Inn restaurant, 120-space nursery and community centre.
The new “community hub” was approved at a meeting of the planning committee on Thursday and will now be built on an unused green field site on the corner of Sinderland Road and Turnbull Road, near to Waitrose.
It will include a Farmhouse Inn, run by brewer Greene King, which will be aimed primarily at a family crowd with no dedicated drinking areas, sport or loud music. There will though be a children’s activity play area.
Greene King says its Farmhouse Inns have a “vast range of tasty pub favourites as well as a traditional daily carvery”. The new restaurant is expected to create around 75 full and part time jobs.
Below: The proposed site of the new community hub (right) near Waitrose
The custom-built nursery facility will provide day care for up to 120 children and will be delivered by developers Villafont. It will be “designed from the ground up” and is intended to meet a gap in nursery provision in this part of the borough.
Focusing on natural play, it will include an all-weather outdoor play area, a growing area for planting vegetables, a sandpit, external play equipment and a synthetic grassed area to be used all year-round.
Around 65 full time jobs will be created at the nursery.
Below: A map of the proposed site
The final part of the hub will be a new multifunctional space for local residents to gather for group activities, classes and events.
It’s the culmination of a 12-year attempt by the Broadheath Community Association (BCA) to deliver a new community centre for the area.
Former Broadheath ward councillor Brenda Houraghan, now vice chair of the BCA, told Altrincham Today that Greene King and Villafont had approached the association over three years ago in relation to the project.
Both the nursery and community centre will have a “Cheshire Barn” appearance in order to complement the semi-rural location. The plans also include car parking provision, cycle spaces and pedestrian links.
Approval for the new hub followed a consultation period during which local residents were said to be highly supportive of the plans.
Altrincham construction company McGoff and Byrne will build all three elements of the project – we’re awaiting an update regarding an expected completion time.
Below: Two CGIs of the Farmhouse Inn part of the community hub