Former B&Q Public Inquiry - Great Stone Road, Old Trafford

Town and Country Planning Act 1990

 A Public Inquiry is to be held as a hybrid event, opening on Tuesday 11 January 2022 at 10am.

Reason for Inquiry

Appeal by Accrue (Forum) 1 LLP relating to the application to Trafford Borough Council for the demolition of existing retail unit and associated structures; erection of buildings for a mix of use including: 333 apartments (use class C3) and communal spaces ancillary to the residential use; flexible space for use classes A1, A3, D1 and/or D2; undercroft car parking; new public realm; and associated engineering works and infrastructure at:

Former B&Q, Great Stone Road, Old Trafford, Trafford M32 0YP

An Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State will hold an Inquiry opening on the date shown above to decide the appeal.

The Inquiry will be held as a hybrid event run by the Local Planning Authority, but with the parties invited to join via Microsoft Teams.

The inquiry is being live streamed and can be viewed at:-

If you wish to participate in the inquiry virtually please contact the Local Planning Authority (email: for details of how to do so.

The Public Inquiry will be split and held from the 11 –  14 January 2022 and from the 1 February for up to 8 days at:

Council Chamber, Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road M32 0TH

Due to Covid safe measures the numbers of attendees who can be accommodated at meetings remains restricted. If you do wish to physically attend a meeting as a member of the public you must contact us at to register your attendance. This is so that the available capacity can be monitored and access carefully controlled. If you do not register your intention to attend in this way, you may not be able to physically access the meeting. Anyone wishing to attend who experiences any COVID symptoms must not come to the meeting, but can continue to observe the proceedings online. 

If you, or anyone you know has a disability and is concerned about facilities at the inquiry venue, you should contact the Council to confirm that suitable provisions are in place.

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Planning Inspectorate Reference


Contact at the Planning Inspectorate

Holly Dutton Tel: 0303 444 5022  Email:

3J Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN

Inquiry attendance information

Before deciding whether to take an active part in the Inquiry, you need to think carefully about the points you wish to make. All written submissions from application and appeal stage will be taken into account by the Inspector and re-stating the same points won’t add any additional weight to them.

If you feel that taking part in the Inquiry is right for you in whatever capacity, you can participate in a number of ways:

To take part using video, participants will need to have access to Microsoft Teams (via an app or web browser).

• View guidance on using Microsoft Teams

If you wish to just observe the event, you should make that clear in your response to the Case Officer. If you wish to take an active part in the proceedings, please make clear in your response whether you wish only to appear at the Inquiry and make a statement, or whether you would also wish to ask questions on particular topics. If you want to take an active part but feel unable to for any reason, and/or the points you want to make are not covered in the evidence of others, consider whether someone else could raise them on your behalf.

The Inquiry Programme is available to view here.

Supporting documents

Documents relating to the appeal can be viewed via the links contained in the dropdowns below. Those downloads with the icon may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. If you need documents in accessible PDF format you can email us at or call us on 0161 912 3149. We’ll consider your request and get back to you as soon as possible.

The Core Documents List contains a list of inquiry documents. These are documents that have been created and provided during the inquiry to support the appeal process. 

Proofs of Evidence

The Proofs of Evidence are documents containing written evidence on the matters in issue to be presented at the inquiry.

Statements of Common Ground

The Statements of Common ground list all of the issues where there is agreement between the appellant and the local planning authority.

Statement of Common Ground Addenda

Addenda to the Statement of Common Ground agreed between the appellant and the local planning authority on 27 October 2021.