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Feilden Clegg Bradley, Avison Young, and Planit-IE were commissioned to draw up the framework. Credit: via CQAAP document

Trafford adopts 4,000-home strategy 

The Civic Quarter Area Action Plan focuses on a 135-acre chunk of the borough and features plans for more than 500,000 sq ft of commercial space. 

Trafford Council has adopted the action plan, which has been in the works since 2019. 

The delivery of up to 4,000 homes, public realm improvements, and new infrastructure all feature within the council’s plan to transform the area into the borough’s “newest, greenest and most vibrant neighbourhood”, according to a report. 

The report also states that the action will now “comprise the starting point for planning application decision-taking in the Civic Quarter”. 

Several schemes that fall within the masterplan area, which includes Old Trafford Cricket Ground among its key assets, are already progressing.  

These include the redevelopment of the former Kellogg’s headquarters, which is being led by Bruntwood and the council. Glenbrook has been appointed to deliver the residential element of the scheme, known as Lumina Village.

The wider project also features proposals for 200,000 sq ft of offices, a primary school and a 100-bedroom hotel. 

Other development opportunities within the action plan zone include the former GMP head office on Chester Road. A competition to appoint a development partner for the project is ongoing. 

The Civic Quarter Area Action Plan was drawn up by architect Feilden Clegg Bradley, planner Avison Young and landscape architect Planit-IE. 

Trafford Council recently appointed Hawkins\Brown to draw up a regeneration strategy for 215 acres connecting the Manchester Ship Canal and the Civic Quarter.

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Hope they can deliver the units, Greater Manchester is desperate for new homes, the lack of delivery over this period is hampering growth and infrastructure improvements.

By Anonymous

There is so much potential in this area, they also have connectivity to the tram.

By Anonymous

Trafford are so dilatory. Manchester Waters just in the background which they haven’t supported.


Seems a bit of overkill to adopt a plan for such a small area on a statutory basis. Hope it provides the flexibility needed over a much simpler Development Framework Document otherwise the Council may actually find it too restrictive if circumstances change and developers require flexibility over uses.

By UnaPlanner

The tram is useful for those occasion when residents have to visit other places on the linew between Manchester and Altrincham, it’s no use if they want to go to most places.

By Cal

And that Cal is why the tram system has recently been expanded through media city to the Trafford centre and will continue to be expanded throughout GM over the coming years and decades and integrated with a new bus and even cycle system. Its what GM is aiming for long term. Common sense really .

By Anonymous

@UnaPlanner, I’ve got to disagree with you there, if you truly want to transform a place you really need to have a detailed, comprehensive and holistic plan/strategy for the place regardless of size of the site, having read the document I think it’s actually exemplary and hope other authorities have the same ambition for their respective locale, the statuary element provides weight for the document or else all the effort would just be in vein given the gap that sometimes exists in vision for a place and what’s been delivered.

By Anonymous

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