Peel to submit £1bn Trafford Waters plan

Peel Land & Property expects to submit a planning application this month for Trafford Waters, a £1bn development on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal near Intu Trafford Centre with 3,000 apartments and 875,000 sq ft of commercial space.

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James Whittaker, development director at Peel Land & Property, said: "We have been working on the vision and masterplan for Trafford Waters for over 15 years. It will be an exemplar, sustainable development that will create a space for a new community to live, work and play. The strong links with the intu Trafford Centre and Trafford Leisure Village and unrivalled transport connections, including the Trafford Park Metrolink extension, will make Trafford Waters the place to be."

A two-day public exhibition has been arranged for members of the local community to find out more about the proposals. Members of the project team will be on hand to talk people through the scheme and answer questions. The exhibition will be at Venus, 1 Old Park Lane, Trafford Quays, Manchester, M41 7HA on Thursday 19 March from 3pm to 7pm and Saturday 21 March from 11am to 3pm.

Whittaker added: "I am delighted that we are able to present plans which, if approved, will help address housing need in the area and provide new business and employment opportunities, all while regenerating and enhancing a prominent but underused site in a fantastic waterfront location. I am confident that Trafford Waters will be an asset to the entire region."

Peel's proposals include large apartments suitable for families and a mix of small-scale retail, leisure and community uses as well as offices alongside the residential element.

The developer said there would be green corridors and waterways throughout the site to "ensure that it is well-integrated, with large amounts of high-quality green space that will help sustain vitality and vibrancy and attract residents, businesses and visitors."

Trafford Waters will be linked to Intu Trafford Centre by a green bridge, with access to the bus station and proposed Metrolink stop.

Peel Land & Property has been advised by a project team that includes IBI Group for masterplanning and heritage, Gillespies for landscape architecture, TTHC for transport, NJL Consulting for planning, BWB Consulting for environmental assessment, Bureau Veritas for air quality, Hyder Cresswell for ecology, Amion for economic and social analysis, Low Carbon Design Consultants for energy and sustainability, CgMS for archaeology, Turner and Townsend for cost consultancy and Remarkable Engagement for public consultation and stakeholder engagement.

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If this scheme progresses at the same pace as the Wirral Waters and Liverpool Waters schemes it will be a long time before Trafford Waters becomes anything more than a colourful marketing proposal.

By Arrow

The masterplan should include a metrolink extension from the Trafford Centre to Trafford Waters. Peel shouldn’t be able to wriggle out of providing transport links twice.

By Watcher

Will they be including their neighbouring bio mass plant in any of the sales brochures?


Yet more buildings bringing more cars to an area already crippled by an ill thought out traffic plan . The situation gets worse every year especially now since the arrival of Event City !

By trafficcenter

This is fantastic news for this area……. people need to read the full article before they start getting negative. metro link is planned… and road redevolpment is already happening


Wonder if they’ll mention the very fragrant sewerage plant that exists upwind in their sales brochure too! No doubt Peel will also seek a heavy public contribution towards transport infrastructure.

By Rind

It looks fine – just so long as none of the residents wants to park a car, or have a visitor arrive by car. Just where are the neccessary car parks?

By Tony Barnes

I don’t see any provision for cycling there. Lots of cars and pedestrians, but no bicycles. If Peel had any ambition they’d build cycling lanes all the way down the ship canal direct into Salford and Manchester.

By Tom

Arrow, Liverpool Waters has only had outline planning permission for less than a year and a half and after yesterday’s announcements, seems right on track!

By John

Oh joy! More traffic, metro link,bio mass, water work perfume worse with the extra sewerage. Will that be taken into consideration? Nearby residents will suffer in many ways but never mind. Money talks once again.

By Lizzie