Work starts on first wave of Trafford Waters homes
L&Q’s affordable housing scheme will deliver 83 apartments by the Manchester Ship Canal in TraffordCity.
Work has started to build the homes, which will see the housing association provide the first residential phase of Peel L&P’s wider Trafford Waters masterplan.
The larger £1bn waterfront scheme focuses on 55 acres between the Trafford Centre and Manchester Ship Canal and will create 3,000 homes, more than 100,000 sq ft of amenity space, and 850,000 sq ft of offices, as well as a primary school and 20 acres of open space.
James Whittaker, executive director of development at Peel, said: “At Trafford Waters we are creating a new and inclusive, sustainable neighbourhood within TraffordCity, which offers something for everyone – from new jobs, apprenticeships, and places to work to new green spaces to enjoy, and a mix of tenures of homes for all.”
Architect IBI designed the residential project on behalf of L&Q.
Work will see the construction of 52 one- and 31 two-bedroom flats across two residential blocks next to The Trafford Centre and Trafford Leisure Village.
Homes England has provided grant funding for the scheme and, as a result, all of the apartments will be available for rent to buy.
Ben Townsend, business director for the North West at L&Q, said: “L&Q is committed to tackling the housing crisis by providing the right homes for a range of tenures in the locations that need them, and our Trafford Waters development is a prime example of that.
“Over 80 apartments will be built here for Rent to Buy, allowing people to pay a discounted rent and save up a deposit to eventually purchase their homes on a shared ownership or outright basis.”
Cllr Liz Patel, Trafford Council’s executive member for economy and regeneration, added: “There is a huge shortage of quality affordable homes across Trafford and the rest of the UK and Trafford Council is committed to providing more to help tackle the housing crisis.”
Plans for the development were submitted last November.
Peel has also partnered with X1 Developments, having lodged plans in June to build 208 homes in the largest-to-date phase of the Trafford Waters masterplan.
To find out more about L&Q’s plans, search for application number 109671/RES/22 on Trafford Council’s planning portal.