Trafford Council’s Executive will discuss ambitious multi-million pound proposals to transform the area around the Town Hall and surrounding buildings.
The Civic Quarter Masterplan covers a 120 acre site taking in the Town Hall, Lancashire Cricket Club, the University Academy 92 (UA 92) campus, stretching up to the A56/Chester Road and White City retails park.
The Executive, which meets on October 29, will discuss proposals to regenerate the area to create a vibrant neighbourhood. Trafford Council will be consulting with residents on the proposals if they are approved by the Executive.
The proposals include:
· Building a new leisure centre
· An improved public realm
· A new University campus
· Opportunities for new homes and offices
· Improved cycle and pedestrian routes.
Part of the proposals also include the possible development of a new public piazza or ‘festival square’ - which could lie between the Town Hall, the UA92 site and Lancashire Cricket Club and could provide an inspirational focal point for celebrations and events throughout the year. A ‘processional route’ has also been proposed which could amplify the connection between two world-class sporting venues - Lancashire Cricket Club and Manchester United, fused by Trafford Town Hall.
The plans, being led by the Council along with partners Bruntwood and Lancashire Cricket Club, mark a significant progression in the delivery of the Refreshed Stretford Masterplan, which includes other elements in and around Stretford Town Centre.
In August 2018, Trafford Council held a drop-in session to find out what people wanted to see in the area. Feedback from that event has now been used to develop a draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), the ‘Civic Quarter Masterplan’. The Executive will be discussing the document during the meeting.