3,000-home Trafford scheme approved despite local plan clash

A 3,000-home mixed-use scheme has been approved by councillors in the North West despite it being a departure from the area's local development plan.

Trafford Waters: 3,000-home development approved
Trafford Waters: 3,000-home development approved

Trafford Council yesterday granted outline planning permission to developer Peel Investments for its Trafford Waters Scheme, in line with a recommendation by planning officers.

The scheme would see the construction of 3,000 homes; 80,000 square metres of office space; 6,700 square metres of flexible commercial accommodation; a 300 bed hotel; a care home and a primary school on a parcel of land on the edge of Trafford Park Industrial Estate in Greater Manchester.

Infrastructure improvements would include construction of a footbridge.

A planning report said the scheme represented a departure from the area’s development plan – said to consist of the 2006 Revised Trafford Unitary Development Plan and the 2012 Trafford Core Strategy – as the amount of residential development it proposed "far exceeds the 1,050 units identified by the Strategic Location Policy SL4".

However, the report said that planners accepted that the development "has the ability to deliver a greater level of housing than that currently identified for the site within the Core Strategy, providing that it is carefully phased and supported by the appropriate services and facilities."

The report said that the applicant had demonstrated that it "would not be viable for the development to provide affordable housing based on present day values".

However, it added that there was "significant scope for the development to create its own market and achieve longer term growth in market values. In light of this, the applicant has agreed to re-assess scheme viability each time that a reserved matters application is submitted for development."

Overall, the report said that planners considered that the development "would make best use of this strategically important, vacant site.

"It would contribute towards addressing the identified housing shortfall in Trafford, during this plan period and beyond, and would provide a range of new jobs as well as expanded shopping opportunities and social infrastructure designed to meet the needs of the Trafford Waters population", the report said. 

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