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The Council recently undertook a fact-finding exercise with frontages in and
around Oxford Road, Altrincham, in relation to proposals to introduce a modal
filter restricting through traffic, along with changes to access and parking.
Following analysis of representations received, it has become apparent that
the majority of respondents to the engagement exercise are not in support of
the proposed changes.
The Civic Society are pleased that the scheme has been abandoned
as presented under Active Travel Fund (ATF) Tranche 2, in line with residents’
preferences. We were happy to support the businesses it would have affected
though of course very much in favour of such schemes in appropriate locations.
However we would have preferred that the remaining funds were
used to resurface Oxford Road, which is in a poor state, rather than used
on the A56 cycle lane corridor scheme.
The largest redevelopment of an estate anywhere in Greater Manchester for more than 10 years has been approved.
Trafford Council’s planning committee unanimously granted planning permission to housing association Irwell Valley Homes and contractors Seddon for their £50 million plans to overhaul the Sale West estate.

For more details CLICK HERE


Trafford College withdraws plans to build on sports ground

The decision comes amidst public condemnation of the proposal to build up to 40 houses on the college’s sports pitch.

Read the full story in the Place NW article:  CLICK HERE



Trafford recently held a public consultation in relation to their draft Trafford Local Plan (Regulation 18), which designates land for specific uses
and identifies opportunities for development and protection, with a vision for what type of place Trafford will be in the future.
This closed on 18th March 2021.
Trafford Council maintains a database of consultees who wish to be kept informed about planning policy matters.
If you wish to be informed of future consultations on planning policy by email, please email:
Jonathan Pannell, Strategic Planning Officer
Strategic Growth Services
Economic Growth, Environment and Infrastructure
Trafford Council | Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Manchester M32 0TH
Planning Enquiry Line: 0161 912 3149



We understand from our colleagues at Bowdon Conservation Group, that Bowdon Bowling and Lawn Tennis Club is keen to rebuild or refurbish their clubhouse and add a significant extension onto it, almost doubling its size. The project will be costly and the club is considering a number of alternative ways of funding it. One of these is the sale of part of their land which borders the Enville Road end of St. Mary’s Road.
A developer has expressed interest in buying this land and building two houses on it.
The development of this land would represent a major loss of open space and further intensification of the development of this area of Bowdon. For the club, the land sale would mean loss of the tennis court which currently occupies part of the site to be sold. It is not at all clear how the lost court could be replaced or relocated by the club without the loss of further green space and detriment to the area.
The Bowdon Conservation Group opposes this intensification of development, which will damage the Conservation Area, and urges club members to consider alternative means of funding work to the clubhouse and to reject any proposal to sell land for development.


Parkfield 8 Groby Place Planning Application

There is concern over this application.  Groby Place residents are totally opposed and have a  couple of lawyers searching out objections from the aspect of the deeds they have from when the land was released by Stamford Trust and National Trust.  It’s been ongoing for ages.  In the Societies view, this plan seems to be another example of over-development which has been reduced from the original 5 to 4 large houses.
One big problem that might help to further reduce the number of houses (which are designed to have 5 bedrooms) would be the increase of traffic entering and leaving Groby Place onto the main road adjacent to the Esso Petrol Station where access is one vehicle width especially with all the big vehicles in use these days!
Actually getting planning permission refused, ultimately seems to be a bit of a long shot.
To view the application click on this link: PLANNING SEARCH and enter reference 102874/FUL/20


St. John’s Church Planning Application

The long awaited Planning Application for St Johns Church is available for viewing. If anyone has concerns or would like the Civic Society to comment on your behalf please get in touch. The Heritage statement says that plaques etc will be retained but local residents may have other issues.
To view the application on the TBC Planning Website CLICK HERE

HOUSE OF FRASER/RACKAMS SITE George Street, Altrincham

An application has been made to re-develop this site into retail, office and residential accommodation.  We have sent a letter of objection as there is already plenty of retail space. We think this is an ideal site for an hotel.
Click here to read our objection letter.


CIVIC VOICE WEBINAR on 1st July with Andy von Bradsky: Head of Architecture,
Ministry of Housing Community and Local Government (MHCLG).

Chair joined the Civic Voice Webinar on 1st July.

Andy talked about their Design Guide and how the Government is trying to create well-designed places that are beautiful, enduring and successful.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE GUIDE (pdf file)

Andy is very much involved in public space design and he gave examples of where Design has worked well.

Concern was expressed by attendees about permitted development rights where offices can be turned into living space without windows and space.

Trafford B.C., is currently in the throes of putting together their own design guide.



Our Chair joined A Civic Voice webinar with Sarah Richards from the Government Planning Inspectorate was of particular interest to Altrincham as our planners always alert us to appeals from developers when planning applications are refused.

There are 800 Planning Inspectorate staff and offices in Bristol and Cardiff. Inspectors all work from home as they have always done.

She was asked about the Community right to Challenge a planning decision. At the moment only the applicant can apart from judicial review.

They had been looking at more virtual sessions anyway but this has been accelerated.
She gave figures which showed out of 15,000 appeals only 5,000 succeeded.

Community groups can apply for Section 6 status (where individuals or groups are treated as a main interested party and entitled to receive documentation) only at actual inquiries to give evidence.
(There are 250 public inquiries yearly)

Site visits. Most are unaccompanied unless access is required

The Society thinks that a question about barristers representing planning departments and developers and costs pending should be raised.



BORIS Johnson will unleash a series of controversial planning reforms in the early new year, in a bid to turbocharge home building and solve Britain’s housing shortage. The rapid assault, expected as early as January, was revealed by the PM’s most senior advisor Mr Dominic Cummings in a briefing to all ministerial aides in No10 on 16th June.

Changes planned include:
• Allowing developers and homeowners to build upwards, adding up to two extra storeys on homes and blocks of flats without necessarily needing approval.

• Building on greenbelt areas where there are already developments, such as around railway stations.

• A new system of rebates to rapidly speed up the green light to build from councils is also being plotted. Under it, applicants will get their fees repaid in full if local authorities don’t meet tight deadlines.

• Scrapping a regulation that forces builders to apply for permission if they want to demolish a commercial property and replace it with homes. A green paper from the Institute of Civil Engineers to transfer office space to housing rapidly.

The substantial overhaul is designed to deliver on independent estimates that Britain must build 300,000 new homes a year to solve the nation’s housing shortage.

Let us know if you spot any unusual activity in your area that might involve planning.  If you do or have any other views on this, please contact us through the website contact page.



Station Buildings aka Stamford House has been sold by Petros to the Pervaiz Naviede Trust Property Investment Company, based in Salford Quays. David Eastwood and the late Harry Scholar were largely responsible for rescuing the building from long term dereliction. Sue Nichols ensured that the interior fittings were kept. It is being described as mixed use (retail on ground floor and rented apartments above) .Originally it was professional services. Petros intended eventually to sell the residential so we shall be keeping an eye open. Atlanta Chamber sis part of the sale. The very large advertisement on a wall owned by Network Rail has prevented better use of Atlanta House by blocking the windows so again we shall watch for developments.


Green Space Strategy

Trafford MBC is to review their Green Space Strategy as it is now ten years old. The review will cover all aspects of green space including parks, recreation space, children’s play space, public health, biodiversity, and climate change.
The Altrincham & Bowdon Civic Society will be making a contribution to the revision to ensure no green space is lost and what we currently have is enhanced and complimented. If you would like to be involved then either contact the Civic Society or Trafford direct. Trafford have already said they want the review and rewrite to have as much public involvement as possible.
The loss of Green Belt land within the Trafford boundary is outside the scope of this review except where it might impinge on recreation space.
The 2009 Strategy document can be found here

Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

Altrincham & Bowdon Civic Society made a contribution to the second public consultation of the proposals contained within the new Greater Manchester Spatial Framework. We have been drawing on the expertise of the Council for the Protection of Rural England who have done some excellent work on detailing how the Framework’s employment and housing needs figures far exceed what is really going to be required. Using more realistic employment figures the loss of Green Belt will be much less.

Altrincham and Bowdon Civic Society is taking the opportunity to liaise with Strategic Planning at Trafford Council to ensure the community is kept informed of developments.  Through the A&BCS website we will be alerting you to ways you can influence this final iteration once the consultation restarts.



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