Stretford Masterplan King Street 2
The FCB Studios-designed masterplan seeks to reconnect local landmarks

Stretford masterplan in for outline consent

Sarah Townsend

The first planning application has been submitted for Trafford Council and Bruntwood Works’ 27-acre regeneration roadmap, proposing 800 homes, a revamp of Stretford Mall, and other town centre improvements.

The joint venture partners’ outline application follows a consultation on the Stretford Town Centre masterplan that ended on 5 February and saw 71% of respondents express their support for the proposals, according to the JV.

Under the masterplan, the developers would work to rejuvenate a 27-acre area of the Greater Manchester surburb comprising five neighbourhoods – Victoria, St Ann’s, Lacy Street, Stretford Centre and Stretford House – with improved transport links, pedestrianised streets, more greenery and open spaces, and a reconfigured town centre with better connections to the Bridgewater canal.

The historic King Street high street would be restored, creating hospitality and leisure space and a biodiversity ‘green corridor’, while Lacy Street car park would be repurposed into a waterfront mixed-use scheme fronting the canal.

A ‘Makers Yard’ hub for small independents, with further outdoor seating, eateries and bar areas, would also be created. Arndale House would be renovated to provide modern office and commercial space, and 800 homes including some affordable units would be delivered.

Cllr Andrew Western, leader of Trafford Council, said: “The regeneration of Stretford is of massive importance to Trafford Council and fits in with our corporate priority of creating thriving town centres.

“The proposals will greatly improve the area by creating valuable green and open spaces and making Stretford an exciting and modern centre for the enjoyment of the whole community and beyond. It will also help attract local independent businesses and exciting retail and hospitality brands, while enhancing the lives of residents and visitors at the same time.

“The public have been fantastic in working with us throughout and we are grateful for all your help in shaping our vision.”

Andrea George, town centre and consumer brands director at Bruntwood Works, added: “This is a major milestone in our journey to create a new town centre for Stretford and it’s been shaped by its community.

“Such valuable input will still be needed as we move to expand on the finer details of the masterplan and make sure that we deliver a thriving town centre for Stretford.”

The application seeks outline approval for the overarching masterplan, then the various components of the plans will be subject to further consultation before a full application is submitted ahead of reserved matters applications for each component.

Stretford Masterplan St Matthew's Church (1)

Proposed housing and public realm close to St Matthews Church

Architecture firm Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios was the lead designer of the masterplan, supported by Exterior Architecture on landscape design. The planning and environmental impact assessment was undertaken by Avison Young and Civic Engineers was the transport consultant.

Ernst ter Horst, associate at FCB Studios, said: “The key to reviving Stretford town centre hangs on reinstating key historic routes from east to west and north to south, which converge on a central square.

“These routes will reconnect local landmarks – the Victorian town hall, St. Matthews Church and the Bridgewater Canal – with green spaces and places to gather, working together to make a place that is uniquely Stretford.”

The specific plans include:

  • to reinstate the historic King Street as a thriving high street, and develop a ‘Makers Yard’ hub for small independent retailers and restaurants, with outdoor seating, eateries and bar areas.
  • provide up to 800 residential units around Stretford Mall and St Matthew’s Church, to include affordable homes
  • repurpose the Lacy Street area into a mixed-use space to unlock the connection between the town centre and the canal and open up the waterfront area. A series of interlinked public realm spaces would be created to bring people into Stretford from the wider area
  • create green ‘meeting areas’ with public squares and open spaces, and a green ‘biodiversity corridor’, including a Library Square and Central Park at the heart of the town centre. The features would also improve access to the Bridgewater canal
  • transform Stretford Mall and the surrounding area into a sustainable retail and leisure centre

Stretford Town Centre Masterplan Jan 2021

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Hi all sounds exciting I lived in stretford most of my life and old king street and Chester road was full of shops n great at night to look in them can you go back to those days I don’t know times changed with on line shopping but take urmston its thriving place now so perhaps stretford follow suite and have night life with late nite shopping and pubs outdoor eating hope so and good luck for future make it place to be proud of for residents n visitors

By David barrow

Good stuff. Is Kingsway still going to be a through-road with all that landscaping?

By Bob

Looks great, Well done Ernst (FCB), Jonathan (Exterior Architecture) et al. I’ll be showing my support for this one. Interested to see the proposals for the crossing of Chester Road.

By Matt Pickering

This is so exciting and just what Stretford needs , as a Stretford resident I am really looking forward to the improvements which have been to long in the waiting. Urmston is thriving now with the improvements and it will be fabulous for all Stretford residents

By Rosanne Kay

The sooner this starts the better, looking forward to the changes. I hope they revisit the plans for Chester road and ensure that it’s two lanes each side rather than a three and a two. Kingsway looks awesome. The reduction of lanes from both Kingsway and Chester Road are key to the success to this scheme.

By Sbt65

Wow. Brought up in Trafford my mother visited Stretford Arndale when it was first built many years back. Exciting times and changes can only be a good thing. Stretford had good pubs and night clubs being a very in place to go out.

By Karen Pennington