An application to transform the current home of the Altrincham Jobcentre into 91 apartments has been submitted to Trafford Council.
The Jobcentre has occupied the lower floors of the 23,000 sq ft Manchester Road building for over 20 years, and still handles 950 public appointments a month.
although it is now only used as an administrative centre with public appointments no longer held there.
The upper floors of the six-floor building – the site of the Regal Cinema for 25 years before it burned down in 1956 – are thought to be vacant.
The application, submitted by ELG Planning on behalf of Mandale Apartments 2 Ltd, requests a change of use from office to residential to allow the creation of 91 residential, one-bedroom apartments.
No external alterations to the building are proposed as part of the application.
Also included are 59 unallocated parking spaces, which the document acknowledges represents 0.6 spaces per unit, well short of the recommended two spaces per unit.
The applicants are hoping that the “type of potential occupiers” and the proximity to shops, schools, GP surgeries and public transport links will convince the planning department that the shortfall “will not cause a significant impact with concern to highways impact”.
Local residents have until next month to lodge any comments, with the application available to view on the council’s planning section (no 89648).