An updated planning application for the redevelopment of Timperley Library has been passed, which will see the existing library replaced by a state of the art modern library plus apartments alongside a healthcare and community centre.
Trafford Housing Trust and developer Citybranch have submitted a successful fresh application to the council alongside architect AFL, which is working on the scheme in place of the original architect Calderpeel.
The scheme is largely the same as its previous iteration, with a building fronting Baker Street including a GP surgery and a 1,000 sq ft retail unit at ground floor level, as well as a library and kitchen on the first floor.
The second floor, previously set to be used as office space, is now becoming four affordable units being brought forward by Trafford Housing Trust, while a new substation has also been included at the western boundary of the site.
On the site’s existing car park, a separate building will house a four-storey apartment block of 22 two-bed and three one-bed apartments. There will also be 117 car parking spaces on site.
Plans for the project were unanimously supported by the planning committee. Councillor Laura Evans spoke in favour and heralded the importance of the 117 parking spaces and the need that the present car park remain open as much as feasible during the build. Councillor Laura Evans also demanded that post build, the current Labour administration agree to keep the vital parking free of charge, this was promised.
Citybranch is also currently on site at a £20m overhaul of the former Altrincham General Hospital site. Contractor Bowmer & Kirkland is building a new medical and wellbeing centre, which will include GP practices, a pharmacy and café, as well as a new library for Trafford Council.
The developer also completed Altrincham’s new £17m hospital in 2015, which was built by Pochin’s.