Altrincham residents alarm over impact from petrol station outside Trafford

OPPOSITION is growing to the idea of ​​a petrol station on green belt land outside Trafford.

Tatton Services Ltd, a partnership between Westmorland and Tatton Estate, submitted its proposals for a site at Junction 8 of the M56 to Cheshire East Council in March.

Westmorland is the company behind Cairn Lodge Services, Gloucester Services and Tebay Services, which are the UK’s three main service stations, according to Which?

They want to create a structure with a farm shop, indoor and outdoor restaurants, and take-out food and drink, as well as separate structures for a 12-pump gas station and a 100-room hotel.

An illustration of the proposals. Photo: Glenn Howells Architects

But opposition to the idea of ​​a service station outside Trafford is on the rise with the consultation deadline pushed back to May 6.

When The Messenger reported on the proposals earlier this month, there were around 20 comments on the council’s website.

Now there are more than 100, many of them in and around Altrincham, rather than areas covered by Cheshire East Council.

Local residents’ concerns cover a range of issues, although the most common seem to be the loss of green belt, the impact on the city center and the amount of traffic generated.

Messenger Newspapers: An illustration of the proposals.  Photo: Glenn Howells ArchitectsAn illustration of the proposals. Photo: Glenn Howells Architects

A resident of Enville Road said: “It’s the slow process of stealth takeover of the greenbelt.

“I also think it will have a detrimental effect on the local businesses which have grown up in Altrincham over the last few years and which have regenerated the town. The Trafford Center has left Altrincham a ghost town for years, I wouldn’t want that it’s happening again.”

And another resident on the same road said: ‘This app doesn’t take into account local sentiment or the effects it will have on traffic at the roundabout. This is going to be a nightmare.’

The deadline for a decision from Cheshire East Council is July 8, although the number of comments means it must be decided by a planning committee rather than planning officers.

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