Interactive Local Plan Introduction

What Is The Core Strategy?

1.1 - The Trafford Core Strategy is part of the Local Development Framework (LDF) for the Borough, and it has been prepared in accordance with the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. The LDF will replace the Revised Trafford Unitary Development Plan as the local plan to guide development over the next 15 years and beyond. The Core Strategy, in specific, will provide the strategic framework against which decisions about the use of land can be planned.

1.2 - The Core Strategy provides the overall spatial strategy for the LDF. It sets out what change is necessary, where and when, and how it is going to be managed and delivered. It establishes a balance between growth, regeneration and environmental protection and improvement to ensure that Trafford becomes a place where people want to live, learn, work and relax, in the period up to 2026 and beyond.

1.3 - The Core Strategy Spatial Profile identifies the land use and development issues facing Trafford up to 2026 and considers the range of social, economic and environmental characteristics of the Borough. The Core Strategy provides the local spatial expression of national planning policies and of the Trafford Sustainable Community Strategy (SCS) for the Borough. It has also been developed to reflect the priorities of other local plans and strategies of the Council and its partners.

1.4 - The Vision sets down the framework for a more sustainable Borough. The Strategic Objectives together with the Place Objectives form the link between the Vision and the Delivery Strategy and need to be met if the Vision is to be realised. The Delivery Strategy, including the Key Diagram, Strategic Locations and Core Policies demonstrate how the Vision and Objectives will be achieved. Finally, the implementation framework sets out a monitoring mechanism to ensure the Core Strategy is delivering its objectives and addressing the identified issues.

Sustainability Appraisal

1.5 - During its preparation, the Trafford Core Strategy has been subject to a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) as an ongoing process. The overall approach used is based on the process set out in the Government’s guidance on Sustainability Appraisal (November 2005) and has been conducted in line with the requirements of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Regulations.

1.6 - The Sustainability Appraisal process concluded that the Core Strategy Vision, Objectives and Delivery Strategy have the potential to deliver a wide range of social, environmental and economic benefits.

Habitat Regulations Assessment

1.7 - The Core Strategy has also been subject to a Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) Screening Report as required under European and Domestic regulations. Further details can be found in the accompanying document “Habitat Regulations Assessment - Screening Report”. As a result of this report, a more detailed Assessment was undertaken on the possible effects development within the Strategic Locations and the Core Policies may have on the Manchester Mosses SAC.

1.8 - This Assessment concluded that, providing mitigating plans, policies and strategies are adopted and implemented appropriately through the development management process, development within the identified areas could proceed without harm being caused to the special interest of the Manchester Mosses Special Area of Conservation (SAC). It is recognised that the implementation of such plans, policies and strategies may restrict the scale and type of development brought forward in the identified Locations, but that it is not justifiable to restrict development per se in these areas.

Evidence Base

1.9 - In preparing this document we have used the most up to date information available and have commissioned research and a number of surveys to complement existing information. This evidence gathering is an on-going process and will be used to inform and update the LDF. A list of the documents used to support this Core Strategy can be found in the Core Documents’ List, which is available on the Council’s website