Trafford Council appoints Seddon to develop former court site

Trafford Council has appointed Seddon as the preferred developer for the former Magistrates’ Court site in Sale.

The Council invited bids from developers to build on the one hectare site on Ashton Lane as part of its continued regeneration and housing growth plans for the town.

Seddon was this week selected from a list of developers following a procurement process by the local authority. They are proposing a residential scheme with a mix of housing types including an affordable housing element – a corporate priority for the Council.

The site, situated on a key arterial route within the borough, was acquired from Homes England with a view to redevelopment and specifically the building of new residential property close to the town centre.

Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration, said:

“This is a flagship scheme in the centre of the town and meets the Council’s policy of building more housing on brownfield sites, including affordable homes. Along with the delivery of new homes, the project will contribute to the regeneration of Sale town centre ensuring that the type of development delivered will provide the greatest benefit for Sale and its residents.

The magistrates’ court has been closed for two years and it was always the intention to bring forward the site of this former public building forward with a positive new use generating new and affordable homes.”

Ted Macdougal, development director for Seddon, said:

“Our involvement in this key residential development presented another opportunity to work alongside Trafford Council to build much-needed new homes for people in the area. We’re looking forward to starting on site and turning a vacant plot into a thriving community for Sale residents.”

The proposed scheme will require planning permission from Trafford Council’s planning committee, with consultation expected to take place with the local community later in the year.

Posted on Thursday 30th July 2020