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Developers reveal first view of Bridgewater Canal apartment block after “going back to drawing board” on plans

By David Prior at

Developers have drastically scaled back plans for an apartment block on the banks of the Bridgewater Canal in Altrincham.

MCR Property Group has revealed a first visual of its amended plans for a new-build apartment and townhouse scheme on Wharf Road.

The original plans, for a 99-apartment development, were strongly criticised by local residents and Green councillors and were subsequently refused permission by Trafford Council.

A CGI of the original plans for the Wharf Road development

The Manchester-based developer has now come back with a much smaller scheme for 44 apartments, ranging from two to five storeys, as well as five townhouses. The original plans required a seven-storey building.

MCR said the homes would use a mixture of brick types that were “sympathetic to the aesthetic of the surrounding area”.

Parking provision would be 1:1, with 57 on-site spaces for occupants, including five electric vehicle charging points, five accessible spaces and eight for visitors. Secure storage for 50 bicycles will also be installed.

An existing brick warehouse on the site bordering the waterway will be demolished to accommodate the scheme.

Many of the apartments will offer views of the canal, or a fully landscaped internal courtyard, while the townhouses will benefit from front gardens and private roof spaces.

The scaled-back development will comprise 49 dwellings in total

The new scheme has been designed by Leach Rhodes Walker architects, with Savills as planner and Enzygo as transport planner and ecological consultant.

Nick Lake, asset manager of MCR Property Group, said: “Following the response to our initial plans for this site, we took the feedback from local residents and planning committee and went back to the drawing board.

“This public consultation was intended to demonstrate to the local community that our aim is to bring much-needed, high quality homes to Altrincham by making the most of this enviable canalside site, a key arterial route into the town from Manchester.”

Christian Gilham, director at Leach Rhodes Walker, said: “This dynamic residence will enhance the landscape of the waterway while complementing the style and scale of adjacent properties. Through variation in height and materials, the singular apartment block is designed to multiple, distinct buildings.”