Decision due on Trafford Waters

Trafford Waters, Peel’s latest £1bn mega-scheme, goes before committee next week seeking permission for 3,000 apartments and 850,000 sq ft of offices.

Peel, advised by NJL Consulting, said it is still in discussion with Trafford Council over charges through Community Infrastructure Levy and section 106 conditions. These are likely to revolve around affordable housing provision. At this stage, Peel said it “has demonstrated that it would not be viable for the development to provide affordable housing based on present day values.” The affordable housing provision will be revisited each time a detailed application for a phase comes forward. Peel believes there is “scope for the development to create its own market and achieve longer term growth in market values.”

The application includes hotels with 300 bedrooms, a care home of 150 beds, primary school with two forms totalling 420 places, new pedestrian footbridge over Trafford Boulevard and 20 acres of public 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.

Peel said green corridors and waterways throughout the site, which is next to the Intu Trafford Centre and Trafford Leisure Village, will help sustain vitality and vibrancy and attract residents, businesses and visitors.

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This sort of scheme should have been built at Pomona. Imagine something this bold 5 minutes from Deansgate.

By Elephant

I’m confident the design will be dumbed down considerably before anything gets built (if at all).

By Unaplanner

Ah the old ‘viability’ argument. Use of a phased assessment or clawback mechanism is sensible here…. unless they’re having to make an extraordinary provision for nose pegs given the location downwind of the sewage farm.

By Corporate welfare watch

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