Developers Peel L&P have unveiled early proposals for an eventual £1 billion redevelopment of Pomona Island in Trafford.
Following a period of public consultation, the revamped masterplan – which is said to cover almost 25 acres of currently-underdeveloped Brownfield land – would transform around 60% of the masterplan area for public usage, as well as open space to help “promote active lifestyles and the natural beauty of the waterfront site” – which is surrounded by both the Manchester Ship Canal and the Bridgewater Canal.
The plans feature around 2,700 homes – including apartments and townhouses – as well as a leisure and commercial space, which would be built on the remaining land.
Plans were also submitted for a 162-home private rent scheme at Pomona Wharf last week.
On top of the residential redevelopments, Peel L&P has also said that there’ll be a network of new footpaths and cycleways that would help to connect the site, with easy access to Metrolink stops at Pomona Island and Cornbrook interchange located at the site too, which would help to promote “sustainable travel”.
Peel L&P said the 15-year proposals follow the original 2020 masterplan, which was then agreed by Trafford Council.
They also “form the basis” of an outline planning application to be submitted in spring 2022.
But, the crown jewel of the plans and what is sure to be the most intriguing element for local residents, is that the regeneration would be centred around a 5.2-acre waterfront park and new public access to a mile-long stretch of waterfront.
Ideas for re-using land under the railway arches also form part of the proposals, and include plans to create outdoor sports facilities and play areas.
A range of public consultation events on the plans is expected early next year.
“Nestled between two famous canals, Manchester Waters has one of the most unique locations out of any our Peel Waters regenerations schemes,” explained James Whittaker, Executive Director for Development at Peel L&P.
“We’ve taken that into careful consideration to develop a green vision for the site which will go to public consultation early next year.
“This vision has nature at its heart by improving public access to the beautiful canals with a new park and open spaces bringing many health and wellbeing benefits to residents, commuters and families.
“The masterplan also supports Trafford Council’s wider housing strategy and its excellent connectivity to Manchester, Trafford and Salford brings many exciting opportunities to create a really special place for a thriving new waterfront community with access to new and improved sustainable travel routes.”
Cllr James Wright – Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration – added: “This exciting masterplan supports a number of our commitments including the building of more homes and developing a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly future for our communities.”
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Irish pub in Altrincham closed by police for ‘offering sexual services’
A pub in Altrincham has been ordered to close after a police raid today found it was being used to ‘offer sexual services for reward’.
Officers also found that a vulnerable woman had been trafficked from outside Trafford to work at The Railway.
The traditional Irish pub on Manchester Road has been ordered to close for three months.
Two people have been arrested for crimes relating to prostitution for gain.
The news follows a raid where officers found ‘significant evidence’ that the pub’s premises were being used to offer sexual services.
Photos shared by Greater Manchester Police show a closure order being taped to The Railway’s front door.
It reads: “These premises have been issued with a closure order to prevent nuisance and disorder.
“Trafford Community Safety Partnership takes action to protect local communities from the harm caused by crime and anti-social behaviour.”
A statement from GMP says: “Officers from GMP have carried out a search warrant on the Railway Pub on Manchester Road in Altrincham accompanied by colleagues from Trafford Council’s Community Safety Team.
“Significant evidence was found on the premises indicating that the premises were being used to offer sexual services for reward and a vulnerable woman, trafficked from outside Trafford to work there was found on the premises.
“Two persons have been arrested for crimes relating to controlling prostitution for gain and today, the Magistrates issued an order on application from the council closing the premises for three months. A review of the premises license will now be requested.”
The Railway reopened as an Irish bar in 2021 following a fire in late 2020.
Consumer watchdog orders Tesco to make Clubcard prices ‘clearer’ in stores
Tesco is to start making Clubcard Prices “even clearer” in stores across the UK after a row with the leading consumer watchdog.
The supermarket‘s Clubcard loyalty scheme has more than 20 million people signed-up nationwide, making it one of the most popular of its kind on the market, by far – but over the coming weeks, members will start to see changes in the way Clubcard Prices are displayed when they’re shopping in Tesco stores.
That’s because, the retailer has been told to make the prices “even clearer” by the UK’s leading consumer watchdog.
It’s all to do with unit pricing, as Which? had said that Tesco’s decision not to display this on its Clubcard offers could, essentially, be breaking the law.
Tesco has been ordered to make Clubcard prices ‘clearer’ in stores / Credit: The Manc Group
According to BBC claims, Which? reported Tesco to the regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), in June of last year, as competition rules state that unit prices could be seen as “material information”.
This means that they’re something most people would need in order to make an informed decision about how to get the best value from what they by.
But while Tesco apparently said at the time that Which?’s claims were “ill-founded”, it looks to have changed its tune now, as the supermarket’s bosses have this week announced that unit prices will now be displayed in stores.
Consumer watchdog Which? said the supermarket could be breaking the law unless it displayed ‘unit prices’ / Credit: The Manc Group
Tesco’s UK CEO Jason Tarry said the retailer is “working harder than ever” to help make sure customers get “great value” when they shop in stores nationwide.
“We want our customers to be able to see just how well these offers stack up,” Mr Tarry said.
“If you are in store, you will now start to see that the way that we display our Clubcard Prices will not only show the total price, but also the unit price of the product (by volume or weight), to allow a direct comparison of the price per unit between the Clubcard Prices offer and the price of alternative products.”
The changes will start being introduced in all UK stores over the coming weeks / Credit: Tesco plc
Mr Tarry claims this is something Tesco’s been “planning to do for some time”, and is “pleased” the retailer is now ready to make the change.
He continued: “Over the coming weeks, these changes will appear in all our stores, as our colleagues update millions of price labels on the shelf edge, and we will also be adding these unit prices to our Clubcard Prices deals online.