Work on a £6million scheme to transform Brown Street car park in Hale into 22 homes and a multi-storey car park is starting today.
Developer Novo, in partnership with Trafford Council, is building the 10 town houses and 12 apartments – along with the new car park – on Brown Street next to the village’s railway station. More than half the new homes are affordable.
Construction firm CPUK is on site and the development is scheduled to be completed by December 2020.
The plans had attracted criticism, with Hale Community Trust claiming the scheme was “contrary to the conservation area” and saying the loss of 22 parking spaces would help to “kill the whole village”.
But Ben Fearns, CEO of Novo Property, said the scheme had to be balanced against the “significant investment” in “much-needed family and affordable homes”, and that various public consultation events had been held with local residents on the scheme.
And Trafford Council, which retains full ownership of the site, gave the green light in December.
Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration, said: “The scheme will provide much-needed affordable homes in Hale and, through developing this site, we are able to invest into the existing car park facility, improving its services and security for the public.”
Novo MD, Ben Fearns, added: “This is a complex scheme on a constrained site, so it is a credit to the whole delivery team to now be able to move it forward.
“With so few brownfield sites remaining in Hale this is an excellent opportunity to be delivering new homes, and we are so pleased to be able to do so with this affordable provision on site. With Hale’s well established community our team have sought to engage as much as possible, should anyone else wish to get in touch feel free to contact the team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We will continue to provide a very visible presence during the on site works, along with our contractor, CPUK.”