Eyesore building being demolished thanks to Council

Work is finally underway to demolish a derelict eyesore building in Trafford – thanks to Trafford Council! The Council took the owners of Charlton House, on Chester Road in Old Trafford, to court after they failed to take any action over the crumbling building next to Trafford Town Hall.

In 2020, the Council issued Mastcraft Limited with a notice under Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act requiring them to either repair or demolish the building. The company was fined twice and with the prospect of a third prosecution looming they took the decision hire a firm to demolish Charlton House.

The demolition is expected to be completed within the next few weeks and the site will be brought forward for redevelopment as a key site within Trafford Council’s Civic Quarter Area Plan.

Last February, the Executive approved plans by the Council to tackle unsafe, unfinished and empty developments in the borough through enforcement action.

Cllr Liz Patel, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “The fact that Charlton House is finally being demolished is great news and I thank all our officers for their hard work in achieving this result. This building is in a key position within Trafford – next to the Town Hall and both Old Trafford stadiums - but has been left standing in a disgraceful state for many years. 

“We will not stand by and allow buildings to be left in this condition in our borough. The Council will continue to take court action against those owners who fail to ensure their buildings are safe and in good condition. I now look forward to the redevelopment of the site as part of the Civic Quarter Area Action Plan.”  

Posted on Thursday 25th January 2024