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Trafford Waters plan gets green light

Trafford Waters plan gets green light

Peel Holdings has been granted planning permission to start work on the £1 billion Trafford Waters mixed-use development on the banks of the Manchester Ship canal.

The site is currently brownfield land close to the Trafford Centre shopping mall and a range of other nearby developments, including hotels, the Chill Factore dry ski slope, EventCity and Sea Life Manchester.

Once built, Trafford Waters will include 3,000 new apartments, as well as a new primary school, a 150-bed care home, a hotel with 300 rooms, 750,000 sq ft of office space and 125,000 sq ft of retail space, with the latter being linked by a bridge to the Trafford Centre. It is expected to generate 5,000 jobs, with construction beginning within months.

The site is just north of the Trafford Centre on the banks of the Manchester Ship Cana , with the Grade I-listed All Saints Friary located just north-east of the land. It will face Barton-upon-Irwell across the Ship Canal.

The accessibility of the site and the Trafford Centre is set to be massively enhanced, with Peel contributing £30 million towards an extended A57 route into the site from the M60 motorway, while Trafford Council has approved a £350 million Metrolink tram extension into Trafford Park.

The latter will help residents at Trafford Waters travel across Greater Manchester, as well as providing tram access to the Trafford Centre for the first time - something that could help ease congestion at busy times such as the run-up to Christmas. At present, shuttle buses run from Stretford Metrolink Station to the centre.

Branching off from the line to Eccles, it will feature six new stops as it runs through Old Trafford and Trafford Park. These will be at Wharfside, Imperial War Museum, Village, Parkway, EventCity and Trafford Centre.

The news emerged just as the final rails were laid on the Second City crossing, which will make it easier to funnel services through the heart of Manchester to the various suburban destinations as the network continues to expand.

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