News: 15 June 2020Plans submitted for Sale's new £70m town centre

Following our London team successfully securing a resolution to grant planning permission (subject to the agreement of S106 (ongoing)) for the first phase of the redevelopment of The Square Shopping Centre in Sale, plans have now been submitted to Trafford Borough Council for the comprehensive regeneration of the northern part of the shopping centre (Phase 2).

Our team prepared and submitted the major planning application for Phase 1 which will see the major mixed-use redevelopment of the shopping centre comprising 36,597sq ft of retail and leisure space, a six screen cinema and up to 202 new homes (including affordable housing), alongside comprehensive public realm and landscape works.

The project represents a £70m investment within Sale by owners and operators Maloneview, with substantial new job creation within the town centre as a direct result of the project. 

The project provided some challenges for our team along the way. Although Planning Officers were supportive of the principle of the scheme, there were a number of technical challenges to overcome, including addressing the height of the tallest elements of building, which would be the tallest building in Sale at 12 storeys high. Whilst a number of other technical challenges included equality impact, the relocation of a taxi waiting bay and heritage impact.

Following the success of Phase 1, we have continued to work with Maloneview in their further aspirations for improvements to the wider site. As such plans have now been submitted to the Council for Phase 2 redevelopment of the shopping centre.

The application seeks planning permission for the change of use of redundant ancillary retail space at first floor levels, across the norther portion of the shopping centre, to be used as flexible office space. The proposals will also include the comprehensive redesign of shop frontages to ensure a more coherent design is created within the shopping centre. Further improvements are also sought to the existing public realm to ensure consistency with the improvements associated with Phase 1.  

The scheme brings many benefits to the local community, including making Sale more accessible and desirable,   Ben Shaw, Planning Associate  said “This is excellent news for Sale. The regeneration of this key town centre site will secure its future as a thriving retail and leisure destination and will also bring new uses within the town centre such as flexible office accommodation to ensure the centre evolves during these uncertain market conditions. The mix of new homes provides a positive contribution towards the borough’s housing needs, whilst the regeneration will bring over 190 new jobs to the town. This alongside, significant improvements and additions to the public realm will make Sale more accessible and desirable to the local community and will seek to retain expenditure and to ultimately revive the town centre to ensure it remains healthy, vital and viable.”

Listen in to our latest podcast episode "How can we maximise social value in town centre regeneration?" where we brought together a range of voices from the industry, who are intrigued by this challenge and come at it from a range of specialisms and perspectives.

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