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City council unveils Chorlton action plan

Shopping precinct a priority for redevelopment, says report

Published on July 21st 2010.

City council unveils Chorlton action plan

Plans to develop the Chorlton Shopping Precinct could be submitted by the end of the year.

'Our retail analysis highlights the importance of new investment in supporting the growth of the independent retail sector in Chorlton. Traders have welcomed the opportunity for engagement with the council and the chance to address ways in which independent retailing could be extended and supported.'

A new report to Manchester City Council’s executive, due to meet next week, said the precinct’s owner, Altrincham-based Citybranch, 'is considering significant investment in the precinct to provide a more appealing shopping environment.

'Discussions with Citybranch indicate that they will be able to consult with the public on their proposals in autumn 2010 leading to a planning application by the end of 2010,' it said.

The council and Citybranch have been working with consultancy firms Drivers Jonas Deloitte and Visiontwentyone to draw up an action plan for Chorlton town centre.

The proposed vision is to make the centre 'well connected and accessible by all,' with a 'distinctive independent retail sector.'

'Our retail analysis highlights the importance of new investment in supporting the growth of the independent retail sector in Chorlton,' it said.

'Traders have welcomed the opportunity for engagement with the council and the chance to address together the ways in which independent retailing could be extended and supported.

'This dialogue will involve the owners of the precinct centre in particular so that these views can influence the development of plans and mechanisms to achieve common objectives in areas like marketing and leases.'

Earlier discussions had suggested that the existing Morrisons store on Wilbraham Road may move elsewhere in the town, although the report said the retailer was happy with its current location, and may expand. The report also said that the new Metrolink stop, due to open in 2011, would also help drive investment in the district centre.

The full plan is available to view here.

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

D KesslerJuly 21st 2010.

Thank God the plans to move Morrisons onto this site and to develop a 'transport interchange' appear out of the window. A tram stop is surely just a tram stop...

ADJuly 21st 2010.

So were getting a bigger morrisons, hanging baskets, a new precinct and most likely higher rents and rates and parkign charges too. Plus aparently we need more multiple retailers!<br><br>

So what if chorlton isnt all shiny and new and polished around the edges, that only helped to keep independents in and chains out. Organic growth isnt a bad thing and if it isnt broke dont fix it. Council planners given free reign would make every little town centre into some identikit stepford wife style shopping zone. Vive la diference!

Harry the FirstJuly 21st 2010.

AD the present precinct is exactly identikit with a load of Greater Manchester precincts of the times. What are you talking about.

AnonymousJuly 21st 2010.

I hope the residents and shoppers are consulted even involved before it's too late!! Maybe a community involvement exercise. On the transport interchange, at the moment this is effectively the junction Wilbrham Rd / Manchester Road but it does not suit the tram riders so its worth a look (clarkites stay out of this.!)
I do agree that care should be take to exclude the clones... but then the exile from Streford Centre what some where to go (and pay BR to MCC and not TBC)

DibigoJuly 21st 2010.

Sounds like Chorlton is missing a Tesco. Build it here.

AdamJuly 21st 2010.

Anon, residents were consulted earlier this year.

ADJuly 21st 2010.

Harry, a new precinct would be nice but not with nice shiny new rents, that drive independents out. The point is its the whole of chorlton, not just the precinct, that the council has its eye on, public open space, smartening everything up etc.

German PutzfrauJuly 21st 2010.

tidying up Britain isn't such a bad thing...

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