The council has approved plans for a £1 billion development in Trafford that would create an entire waterfront community alongside the Manchester Ship Canal.
Peel Land & Property intends to build Trafford Waters on 50 acres of land along the canal’s banks in Traffordcity over the next 20 years.
According to the developers, the new development will bring 3,000 new homes and 5,000 new jobs, as well as local amenities, a new primary school, and over 100,000 square feet of commercial space.
“Trafford Waters will bring a one-of-a-kind neighbourhood to Greater Manchester, not only providing much-needed residential housing but also office space that will help unlock business and employment opportunities,” said James Whittaker, Peel’s group development director.
“The development will be sustainable, with cycleways, green spaces, and waterways, making it a really appealing place to live, work, and play.” It will be a high-quality development with everything a family would expect from a well-established urban community, and we’re very excited to bring it to Trafford.”
Peels claims that the Trafford Council-approved plans follow 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 roughly the size of 11 football fields. The community will be able to use four multi-use games areas and children’s play parks. This area will include ground-floor, small-scale shops as well as food and beverage establishments.
“Trafford Waters has all of the characteristics to be a model for urban regeneration and the creation of a high quality place where people want to live and work,” said Trafford Council leader Councillor Sean Anstee. “This sustainable development will bring significant investment to Trafford, as well as a boost to our local economy, which is already one of the most resilient in the North West.”
“The fact that the application was granted on the same day final approval was received to begin 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 transportation and roads, as well as new schools and green spaces, can become a reality.”
Peel has committed directly to spending £30 million on the new extended A57 road into Traffordcity at M60 junction 10, which includes a new lifting bridge link crossing the Manchester Ship Canal adjacent to Barton Bridge. This new link bridge and road, which is scheduled to be completed next year, will improve accessibility even further.
NJL Consulting, the IBI Group, Gillespies, The Traffic Transport and Highway Consultancy, BWB Consulting, and The Remarkable Group are part of Peel’s Trafford Waters project team.