Trafford Council has finalised a deal to acquire a former Royal Mail delivery office site in Stretford.
Contracts have been exchanged for the vacant building which is situated next to the Lacy Street car park opposite Stretford Mall. Royal Mail operations relocated to another office nearby in the Summer 2018.
The purchase strengthens Trafford Council’s land holdings in Stretford which will help it bring forward development and regeneration in the town.
The Council, together with its JV partner Bruntwood, is starting consultation with the local community on their ideas for Stretford. The purchase of the former delivery office site provides greater scope for the Council to develop the Mall and this key location next to the canal.
A spokesman for Trafford Council said:
One of our aims is to create successful and thriving places in the borough, with a particular focus on our town centres and local communities, and this deal allows us to do this. The purchase of the former Royal Mail delivery office on Lacy Street is a very important factor in terms of the regeneration of Stretford Town centre and the Lacy Street area. This could give us the opportunity to open up onto the Bridgewater Canal.
Lacy Street is central to the Council’s vision for an improved and revitalised Stretford. Acquiring Stretford Mall was a massive boost to the area and our residents, with the opportunity for comprehensive redevelopment to also include our Lacy Street site. I know residents have been calling out for more investment in the area and we are listening to them.”
The Council is already looking to revive another part of Stretford with its Civic Quarter Masterplan, which will boost the area from Lancashire Cricket Club to Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground. Other recent Council-led regeneration schemes have included the redevelopment of Urmston, investment in new public areas in Altrincham and Stretford, and support for private sector investment and redevelopment proposals across all four of its town centres.