Coronation Street’s famous cobbles are on the move after Trafford Council approved plans to move the soap to MediaCity UK.
The one stumbling block over the application had been objections from Hovis amid fears of noise and traffic as they are situated across the road from Corrie’s new Trafford Wharf site. But at a meeting of the council’s Planning Development Control Committee last night, planning officer Simon Castle said Hovis owners Premier Foods had withdrawn their objections.
The application to build a new ITV drama production facility including replica Coronation Street set plus five studios and a 400-space carpark was then unanimously approved by councillors.
Work is likely to start immediatley with the new facility open and operational by late 2012.
Councillors were delighted with the application, committee chair Coun Vivienne Ward said she was ‘thrilled’ Trafford had been chosen.
Coun Michael Whetton said: “I thought the objection would be from Eastenders.
“I welcome this development, it is not just good to see Coronation Street coming to Trafford but it is good to see ITV get involved in some big investment and good to see that happening in our borough.
“This will not just be used for Coronation Street but the big stages being constructed will be used for some major productions.”
Coun Rob Chilton added: “This is smashing it will bring investment to our area we are happy to support it.”
The new replica set, including the Rover’s Return, will be bigger and better than its predecessors with larger buildings so the soap can film in HD and use other cutting edge technology.
Granada’s move from Quay Street in the city centre is according to developers HOW planning about the need to utilise these new technologies.
Speaking at the meeting Richard Woodford, partner at HOW planning, said: “We now live in a digital age. Never a week goes by without some form of new technology emerging. In short, the media business is a hugely competitive and dynamic sector. This is one of the reasons why ITV has decided to relocate Coronation Street to ensure that they are situated in an excellent location to take on the challenges of the future.
“The site offers an exceptional opportunity for ITV to sit alongside and become part of MediaCity. Trafford offers the infrastructure and opportunities which will give ITV the scope to develop its business.
“The new production facilities will significantly assist both Trafford and Salford in achieving the strategic vision of creating a nationally important media centre.”
Source: Manchester Evening News