Local Authority Chief encourages all to share opinions on proposed development at the waterfront

Residents and business owners in Trafford are being encouraged by Council Leader, Cllr Tom Ross, to share their opinions on the exciting plans to rejuvenate a key area next to the Manchester ship canal.

Trafford Council has launched a public consultation on the Draft Trafford Wharfside Development Framework and Draft Trafford Wharfside Masterplan, following approval by the Executive.

Developed in collaboration with Manchester United, Peel, and Salford City Council, the Framework outlines the vision for the Wharfside area and how it can be improved as a vibrant ‘place’. The masterplan delves into the potential for residential and commercial development in several identified plots, with a focus on enhancing the area’s design, green spaces, connectivity, and active travel.

The plans, which highlight various potential development sites, will serve as a guide for future development in the area. The vision places nature and landscape at the forefront, showcasing the Manchester Ship Canal waterfront and the Imperial War Museum. The proposal includes opportunities for up to 5,000 high-quality new homes, linking Trafford Wharfside to the city centre.

Cllr Ross, in collaboration with the Council’s Chief Executive, Sara Todd, leads a task force dedicated to exploring regeneration options for the Old Trafford area surrounding the ship canal and Manchester United’s iconic Old Trafford stadium.

Cllr Ross commented: “These plans are incredibly exciting, and we’ve closely collaborated with key partners Manchester United, Peel, and Salford City Council to present them to the public. The Wharfside area is crucial due to its location, business presence, and regeneration potential. I urge as many people as possible to participate in our consultation.

“Your feedback is vital to the Council and our partners, and we want your input in shaping the plans for the Wharfside area’s development. We aim to revitalize and rejuvenate this area, and we value your opinions. The plans will benefit the entire local community and create a world-class setting for Manchester United’s historic stadium.”

The consultation, ending on April 18, offers businesses and residents a chance to contribute to the regeneration of Trafford Wharfside – share your thoughts on the Draft Trafford Wharfside Development Framework and Masterplan. A drop-in consultation event will also be held on March 20 from 4.30pm-7pm at Hotel Football, 99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, M16 0SZ.

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