A new restaurant, nursery and community centre development in Broadheath looks set to finally go ahead.
Over 140 jobs will be created with the construction of a new Farmhouse Inn restaurant, 120-space nursery and a community hub that the Broadheath Community Association (BCA) have spent 15 years fighting for.
The key partners on the scheme – Trafford Council, Greene King, McGoff & Byrne and Villafont – have all exchanged contracts, and barring an unforeseen event will now exchange on October 19th.
The new “community hub”, which was originally approved by Trafford’s planning committee back in December 2014, will now be built on an unused green field site on the corner of Sinderland Road and Turnbull Road, near to Waitrose.
Delays on the project have related to planning legal documents and an issue with the National Trust about a covenant.
Council leader Sean Anstee told us: “It’s something we’re really had to fight for. We weren’t making progress so everybody involved sat down and we worked out what needed to happen in order for the project to get over the line.
“It’s a no-brainer and I couldn’t be happier – the community have wanted it for ages. It’s very important to note as well that this is not just a community hub for Stamford Brook, but for Broadheath in its entirety.”
The Farmhouse Inn, run by Greene King, 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.
The custom-built nursery facility will provide day care for up to 120 children and be delivered by developers Villafont. It will be “designed from the ground up” and is intended to meet a gap in nursery provision in Broadheath.
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.
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.
Altrincham construction company McGoff and Byrne will build all three elements of the project.