New nursery in Salé approved despite fears of contaminated land
PLANS for a new nursery in Sale have been given the green light – despite fears the land may be contaminated.
The proposal for a two-story nursery next to the service yard of the Stanley Square shopping center was approved by the Trafford Council planning committee last week.
The nursery will be part of the Stanley Square Masterplan, a redevelopment of the Sale shopping center, comprising 202 residential units, a cinema, shops and multi-storey parking.
But the land, which once housed a former clothing factory, could potentially be contaminated with products once used on site.
The planning committee voted unanimously to grant the request – subject to a review of soil contamination to ensure that no risk is posed to anyone on or near the site.
An environmental official said: “No development will take place until an investigation and risk assessment of contamination at the site has been submitted and approved.”
Residents were also concerned about the impact a new nursery could have on already busy roads.
The site will include a Kids Planet crèche on two levels for 100 children and a car park with 21 spaces.
But there are already a number of nurseries in Sale – some residents are wondering if another is really needed and what impact this will have on independent nursery providers.
The City Councilor’s report on the Maloneview Limited application said: “The proposal is seen as a valuable community facility that would support growing residential and employment uses in the surrounding area.
“The objections received raise concerns about the impact on other early childhood care providers, traffic, parking and visual appeal. ”
Cllr Barry Brotherton, Priory Ward representative in Sale, was among those affected by the plans.