Trafford Council has submitted a planning application for the wide-scale transformation of Stretford’s Longford Park – the borough’s largest at 22 hectares.
And they’ve got a lot planned.
The park, which is a designated conservation area, used to be owned by John and Enriqueta Rylands who resided at Longford Hall and who also built Stretford Public Hall.
The plans include the proposed development of a new learning, training and volunteering hub and improved sport and recreational facilities including a new BMX course.
The Council, along with partners the One Trafford Partnership, are planning to redesign the ‘landscape heritage features’ such as the former hall site and gardens, a revamped Pets’ Corner, the re-opening of Longford Brook, plus new footpaths, seating and lighting.
The proposals have been developed in conjunction with consultants The Environment Partnership (TEP), The Friends of Longford Park, City of Trees and the One Trafford Partnership. A public consultation took place last year asking residents what they thought of the current plans for Longford Park.
Trafford Council is committed to improving residents ‘ health and wellbeing and has made addressing our climate crisis a major corporate priority.
Cllr Liz Patel, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “We have some amazing parks in Trafford and they are all extremely important to local communities. Parks provide welcome green spaces in our neighbourhoods, helping to keep people healthy and active and providing a space for nature.
“I am delighted that the planning application for this impressive project has been submitted. These plans will transform Longford Park and make it an even more incredible space for thousands of local residents and visitors now and in the future.
“Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard and contributed to this project.”
In 2020, Trafford Council was awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £120,000 towards the masterplan and lottery bid, with further match funding from The Council.
A second stage application is close to being submitted to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the outcome of which will be announced later this year.