Altrincham £70m regeneration plan approved

The Altair scheme
Image caption The Altair development will be built alongside the town's ice rink

A £70m scheme to regenerate a town in Greater Manchester has been approved by councillors.

The Altair scheme will see a new leisure centre, shops and restaurants built on a 4.5 acre (1.8 hectare) site in Altrincham town centre.

Trafford Planning Committee approved the scheme at a meeting on Thursday.

The proposed development will be located alongside the town's ice rink and a new £19m transport interchange, which is currently being built.

It follows an announcement last year of a £15m makeover for the town's market.

Construction will begin next year on the Altair development which will also include the building of 150 new apartments and townhouses.

Nick Payne, managing director of developers Nikal, said: "We've had a vision to regenerate this brownfield site for many years and it's tremendously exciting to be taking the next steps with the support of the council.

"It's a promising time for Altrincham; the refurbishment of the interchange is under way, there are new plans to revitalise the marketplace and now Altair.

"All these schemes will help rejuvenate the town and bring people and trade back into the area, as well as creating new jobs."

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