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Council recommends approval of Manchester development

Published: Thursday, 13th October 2016

£1bn Trafford Waters mixed-use development recommended for approval by Trafford City Council planners…

Trafford City Council planners have recommended approval of Peel Group’s huge proposed mixed-use development on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal near the existing Trafford Centre.

The Trafford Waters scheme, described as a sustainable urban neighbourhood, involves up to 3,000 flats and 86,700 square metres of commercial and retail floor space, a 300-bedroom hotel, a 150-bed care home and a primary school, catering for up to 420 pupils, a new pedestrian footbridge over Trafford Boulevard and eight hectares of public open space.

The development area is between the Manchester Ship Canal, Trafford Boulevard and Old Barton Road in Urmston. The site includes the grade one-listed All Saints Church and Barton-upon-Irwell conservation area. The project has a price-tag of £1bn.

The scheme was due to be determined on 13 October. Peel has claimed that affordable housing provision on the site would not be viable.

The report to this week’s planning committee meeting said: “Officers consider that this development would make best use of this strategically important, vacant site. It would contribute towards addressing the identified housing shortfall in Trafford, during this plan period and beyond, and would provide a range of new jobs as well as expanded shopping opportunities and social infrastructure designed to meet the needs of the Trafford Waters population.”

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Roger Milne