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Plans form the latest phase of Peel L&P's £1bn Trafford Waters scheme. Credit: via Peel L&P

Peel, X1 get go-ahead for next phase of £1bn masterplan

Trafford Council has granted the developers permission to build 208 apartments at Trafford Waters.

Peel and X1 Developments submitted plans for the scheme last June and have been granted approval for the residential development under delegated powers.

The project, which comprises a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom flats, forms part of the wider £1bn Trafford Waters masterplan.

To learn more about the plans, search for reference number 111364/RES/23 on Trafford Council’s planning portal.

The 55-acre scheme is located in Dumplington between the Trafford Centre and Manchester Ship Canal.

Overall, the scheme could create 3,000 homes, more than 100,000 sq ft of amenity space, and 850,000 sq ft of offices.

X1’s Trafford Waters project is the largest to come forward within the £1bn regeneration zone to date.

The project team includes planning consultant NJL Consulting, landscape architect Gillespies, structural engineer Clancy Consulting, and M&E engineer Prana. Bridgestone is the principal contractor.

Plans already approved at Trafford Waters include L&Q’s 83-home affordable scheme and Montpellier Estates’ proposals for an 82-bedroom care home.

James Whittaker, executive director of development at Peel Waters, said: “Trafford Waters is all about creating a community for everyone.

“With L&Q’s affordable homes scheme commencing on site and Montpelier Estates recently receiving planning permission for their elderly living scheme, X1 Developments’ plans will complement our approved schemes whilst creating another offering for our community, making Trafford Waters even more inclusive.”

This is not the first time Peel and X1 have worked together, collaborating on Manchester Waters on Pomona Island, and MediaCity.

In February 2023, Peel sold X1 a plot at Liverpool Waters with planning permission for a 31-storey residential tower.

“We have a strong and trusted partnership with X1 Developments,” Whittaker added.

“We hope that Trafford Council will see how much benefit these plans will bring to the area by not only creating much-needed housing but also supporting local job creation, apprenticeships and delivering a vibrant, sustainable, mixed tenure community in TraffordCity.”

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By Anonymous

A horrible tacky design. It’s depressing.

By Anonymous

Hardly the most inspiring scheme but then again, that’s what we’ve come to know from the Peel / X1 partnership to date….

By Anon

Looks cheap imagine this in 10 years time

By Anonymous

Agreed. It looks cheap and undermining the hard work and creativity that has gone into the local area.

By MacDopel

Another depressing and bog standard apartment block from Peel Holdings.

By jrb

Trafford Waters happening at last!

By Anonymous

Great news! Now we just need Peel to commit to a full refurbishment of the Barton Swing Aquaduct and the Barton Swing Road Bridge!

By Dzijovic

What a horrible design for such a fantastic waterfront project

By Anonymous

The local area? The Trafford centre is the local area and this is built on waste land. At least make an effort 🙄

By Anonymous

If only someone like FEC had this and Pomona Island. It can be done better people just choose not to. Totally agree with the comments above

By Bob

About time the long delayed Trafford Waters picked up momentum and delivered much needed homes.


This is already looking like a recipe for disaster in terms of skyline and architecture… It’s a very useful piece of land that can be developed to become something special and busy. If anything this is Manchesters/Trafford’s shot at becoming the Canary Wharf of the North. More thinking is needed and few skyscrapers around here too. Correct development of the bottom floor and surroundings could really create a vibrant area for people to visit and enjoy for food/leisure and for the views as people do when they visit Canary Wharf. A garden or park would be ideal too near the waterfront.

By Anonymous

Can someone tell me why we are continuing to accept utter rubbish architecture like this?
Can someone just start building places that are designed to be enjoyed rather than exist in?
And no, this isn’t just limited to Manchester, but that doesn’t mean we should keep on saying this garbage is ok.
X1 need to stay away from waterfront developments as well.
What a wasted opportunity.
God knows what we’ll end up with at Pamona Island.
Honestly you’re boring us.

By Anonymous

Have Peel ever explained why they are so lacking in ambition? It’s not like they are skint or there isn’t money to be made.

By Clouded Leopard

do you have the planning reference at all?

By Anon

    Hi Anon, this has now been added to the story. Cheers, Dan

    By Dan Whelan

Does any council ever say no to Peel?

By Anonymous

When a shipping company invests more in its land assets that its waters you know there is something wrong,
Still waiting for the first ship to dock and discharge and /or take on its cargo at the 17 million granted Port Salford.
comeback Salford Star please….

By Don Draper

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