Plans for a £1bn development that would create an entire waterfront community beside the Manchester Ship Canal in Trafford have been given the green light by the council.
Over the next 20 years, Peel Land & Property aims to create Trafford Waters on 50 acres of land along the banks of the canal, situated within Traffordcity.
The new development would, it is claimed, bring 3,000 new homes and create 5,000 jobs, as well as local amenities, a new primary school, and over 100,000 sq ft of commercial space.
“Trafford Waters will bring a unique neighbourhood to Greater Manchester, which will not only provide much-needed residential housing but also office space which will help unlock business and employment opportunities,” said James Whittaker, Peel’s group development director.
“The development will be sustainable and feature cycleways, plenty of landscaped, green spaces and waterways, making it a really attractive place to live, work and play. It will be a high quality development that will feature everything families would expect an established urban community to have and we’re very excited to be bringing this to the people of Trafford.”
Peels says the plans greenlighted by Trafford Council reflect the model of other mixed-use waterfront schemes it has developed, such as MediaCityUK. There will be 16 acres of open landscaped space, which is the equivalent of 11 football pitches. This will include four multi-use games areas and children’s play parks for the community to use. This area will feature ground floor, small-scale shops as well as food and drink outlets.
“Trafford Waters has all of the characteristics to be a model for urban regeneration and the creation of a high quality place that people choose to live and work,” said Councillor Sean Anstee, leader of Trafford Council. “This sustainable development will bring significant investment into Trafford alongside a further boost for our local economy, already the most resilient in the North West.
“That the application has been granted on the very day final approval has been received to commence construction of the Metrolink Trafford Park line, simply goes to show that where we have a plan for major development, the necessary improvements to public transport and roads alongside new schools and green spaces can be a reality.”
Peel has directly committed to spending £30 million towards the new extended A57 road into Traffordcity at junction 10 of the M60, which includes a new lifting bridge link crossing the Manchester Ship Canal adjacent to Barton Bridge. This new link bridge and road is due to be completed next year, which will further enhance its accessibility.
Peel’s Trafford Waters project team include: NJL Consulting, the IBI Group, Gillespies, The Traffic Transport and Highway Consultancy, BWB Consulting and The Remarkable Group.