MCR Property Group Altrincham development given green light

MCR Property Group has been given planning permission for its new-build apartment and townhouse scheme on Wharf Road in Altrincham.

Following an extensive public consultation process, the developer proposed a mixed-height scheme of 49 new homes on vacant brownfield land adjacent to the Bridgewater Canal.

The two to five-storey blocks will comprise 44 units available as 16 one-bedroom, 24 two-bedroom and four three-bedroom apartments. The site will also include five three-bedroom townhouses.

All of the high specification homes will be built using a mixture of brick types that stay sympathetic to the aesthetic of the surrounding area.

Alongside 57 on-site car parking spaces for residents, including five electric vehicle charging points, five accessible spaces and eight for visitors, MCR Property Group is also providing secure storage for 50 bicycles.

Nick Lake, asset manager of MCR Property Group, said: “In drawing up our final plans, we responded directly to the feedback from local residents and the planning committee. It’s great to see this collaborative approach pay off.

“We have worked with our project partners throughout to create a development that will bring much-needed, new-build homes to Altrincham in a way that is sympathetic to the whole community. We’re confident this development will inject further life into this desirable canalside location.”

A number of apartments will offer views of the canal, or a fully landscaped internal courtyard, while the townhouses will benefit from front gardens and private roof spaces. An existing brick warehouse on the site bordering the waterway will be demolished to accommodate the scheme.

Wharf Road is in walking distance from Altrincham town centre and its key transport links – bus, rail and Metrolink – into Manchester.

Designed by Leach Rhodes Walker architects, the professional team also included Savills as planner and Enzygo as transport planner and ecological consultant.

Christian Gilham, director at Leach Rhodes Walker, said: “The revised proposals bring a sympathetic, high quality design to this fantastic waterside setting that’s within a stone’s throw of Altrincham town centre. Strong façade modelling, high levels of glazing and a striking brick blend will create a contemporary design that complements the context.”

Alun Davies, associate planner at Savills Manchester who worked with MCR Property Group to secure the planning permission, said: “This will regenerate a vacant brownfield site in a sustainable location and we believe that the plans respond positively to the concerns raised previously by local residents and committee members. The new development will also contribute both market and affordable homes towards the Council’s five-year housing land supply requirement.”

Jul 15th, 2019