Trafford Waters, Peel L&P, P.design Proposal
IBI, NJL Consulting, Gillespies and BWB Consulting drew up the design proposal. Credit: via planning documents

Peel moves to unlock £1bn Trafford Waters 

Dan Whelan

The developer and landowner has submitted an overarching design proposal for the 63-acre Dumplington site, firming up its intentions for the 20-year project and paving the way for the first of 3,000 homes to come forward. 

Drawn up by consultancies IBI and NJL Consulting, the design proposal is required to progress Peel L&P’s Trafford Waters scheme under a condition included in the outline planning permission for the project. 

Without it, individual developments within the site – located between the Trafford Centre and the Manchester Ship Canal – cannot progress. 

Peel L&P secured outline consent in 2018 for the £1bn Trafford Waters, a mixed-use scheme that is expected to take two decades to complete. 

The development features: 

  • Around 3,000 homes across blocks of up to 16 storeys 
  • More than 900,000 of commercial space including 860,000 sq ft of offices  
  • A five-acre park 
  • Hotels totalling 300 bedrooms 
  • A care home 
  • A primary school 
  • A pedestrian footbridge over Trafford Boulevard 
Trafford Waters 2, Peel L&P, P.design Proposal

The scheme will be delivered across two decades. Credit: via planning documents

The intention of the design proposal is to “ensure that design quality is maintained throughout the entire development and that a comprehensive vision for Trafford Waters is delivered,” the proposal states. 

It is understood that the first reserved matters application is due this year. 

In February, Place North West reported that Peel was courting developers to help it bring it forward a trio of sites that would deliver the first 400 of 3,000 homes.  

At the time, James Whittaker, executive director of Peel L&P, said the residential schemes being planned include one part-affordable, part-open market development; one project focussed on care and senior living accommodation, and one build-to-rent scheme that Peel L&P would bring forward itself with the backing of a funding institution. 

The first two projects would likely complete by mid-2023, while the build-to-rent scheme comprising around 200 homes would follow a two-year construction programme and complete the following year. 

BWB and Gillespies also advised on the creation of the design proposal. 

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Given the requirement for urban homes the Council should be right behind this project, however I suspect they’ll find some way of holding up much needed homes.

By TJL

Can anyone really envisage it looking anything like the picture in practice?

By Anonymous

This is going to create so much more congestion!!!!! Sure, I could cycle or take public transport but I’m far too much of a princess for that so instead I’ll add to the congestion with my massive Range Rover while simultaneously complaining about the traffic that I myself am contributing towards – without a shred of irony!!!!!!

By Anonymous

Yes TJL and if it is delayed I suspect the reason will be Peel’s unwillingness to put their hand in their pocket to fund the necessary infrastructure works that make this project viable.

By Peel watch

I hope it doesn’t make a massive divide between
Us in Urmston Flixton and Davyhulme ect and them who are living there
With the school being there will all Children be able to go or will it be Private or selected looks nice though must admit

By Vicky

Peel as a group of companies have far too much say in land use around Manchester and Liverpool. It’s unhealthy and leads to the elimination of healthy debate or dissent on the use and development especially of green belt land .

By Anonymous

They not given an allowance for the tram line from Trafford Centre to be extended to connect this new residential area? Extending the tram another few hundred metres would make this place much more desirable place to live!

By MK