Plans to revive Stretford's historic high street have been given the green light. King Street - once Stretford's main shopping centre before the mall was built - is set to be transformed with a new market hall, bars, shops and outdoor seating areas in a new pedestrianised square.
A new street - dubbed 'Little King Street' - will also be created. It's hoped it will become home to a range of bars, cafes and restaurants while also providing a space for community events and activities.
The existing multi-storey car park will also be renovated, with the aim of making it more secure and safer for the public with improved lighting and access. It's the first phase of a multi-million pound masterplan for Stretford town centre.
Under the proposals 800 new homes, green public space and a new canalside neighbourhood could all be built. Much of Stretford Mall will also be demolished and new bars and restaurants opened along the Bridgewater Canal.
The plans are being put together by Trafford council and Bruntwood.
Trafford council leader Andrew Western said: "This first phase of development is another milestone in the redevelopment of Stretford for the local community. The extensive development of King Street and the wider Stretford area will significantly increase connectivity by introducing green and open spaces where people can come together and interact.
"With King Street playing a large role in the plans, the wider masterplan will enhance the quality of life for Stretford residents while injecting a surge of businesses into the community to boost the local ecosystem."
Andrea George, town centre and consumer brands director at Bruntwood, said: "The high street is an integral part of any town and we want to revitalise King Street to give the people of Stretford a town centre that provides for their needs while also creating a dynamic and inspiring environment. Now we have the green light we can start the transformation process and begin working with national, regional and independent operators and retailers to build a new community in Stretford."
Work is due to begin in early 2023, with completion set for summer 2024. The project is being partly funded by a £17.6m grant from the government's Future High Streets Fund .