Interactive Local Plan The Vision for Trafford

Trafford’s Sustainable Community Strategy

3.1 - Trafford Sustainable Community Strategy (SCS) “Trafford Vision 2021: a blueprint” was first published in 2006. In 2007 the Trafford Partnership carried out its first ever survey of residents, together with a consultation with local people, businesses and partners.

3.2 - The results of this work helped the Partnership to understand the biggest areas that needed to be worked on to deliver its Vision 2021 for Trafford and informed two reviews, one in 2008 and one in 2010. The 2010 review involved a restructure of the SCS into a much clearer document that better reflects the needs and priorities identified by the local people, businesses and partners and culminated in the Partnership publishing a revised SCS, “Trafford Vision 2021: a Blueprint” in March 2010. The SCS is now structured around 7 Key Objectives that were highlighted in the 2007 consultation, and has the overriding principle of the Partnership’s commitment to reducing inequality running through these 7 key objectives.

3.3 - The full list of SCS Key Objectives is as follows: Safety and Reassurance; Strong Economy; Strong Communities; Brighter Futures; Positive Environmental Impact; Better Homes and; Health & Improved Quality of Life for All. The Strategic Locations and Core Policies sections of this document indicate which key objective(s) the policies seek to deliver.

Trafford’s Core Strategy Vision

3.4 - Whilst the Core Strategy provides the spatial expression of the SCS, the Council considers the Core Strategy should have its own unique Vision – one that gives additional spatial direction for growth, enhancement and/or protection within the Borough. The Core Strategy Vision therefore provides the planning framework for residential, business, retail, leisure, community, cultural and tourism development in the Borough, which ultimately will assist in the delivery of the Trafford Partnership’s key objectives and commitment to reducing inequality.

By 2026:

Trafford will have vibrant and inclusive, prosperous and well designed sustainable communities, served by an integrated transport network offering a choice of modes of travel. Trafford will have a high performing economy that makes a significant contribution to the North West Region and Greater Manchester City Region by continuing to attract and retain internationally competitive businesses, maintaining a strong local business base and positioning itself as a centre for enterprise.

The historic, built and natural environment, including the Green Belt, will be preserved, protected and enhanced.

The focus for economic and housing growth will be within the urban area, primarily in the north east of the Borough and the principal town centre (Altrincham). The following 5 Strategic Locations are identified as areas for Trafford will have vibrant and inclusive, prosperous and well designed sustainable communities, served by an integrated transport network offering a choice of modes of travel. Trafford will have a high performing economy that makes a significant contribution to the North West Region and Greater Manchester City Region by continuing to attract and retain internationally competitive businesses, maintaining a strong local business base and positioning itself as a centre for enterprise.

The historic, built and natural environment, including the Green Belt, will be preserved, protected and enhanced.

The focus for economic and housing growth will be within the urban area, primarily in the north east of the Borough and the principal town centre (Altrincham). The following 5 Strategic Locations are identified as areas for change:

  • Pomona Island (SL1);
  • Trafford Wharfside (SL2);
  • Lancashire County Cricket Club Quarter (SL3);
  • Trafford Centre Rectangle (SL4),
  • Carrington (SL5).

To achieve this Vision:

Attractive, sustainable communities, with good access to jobs, services and green infrastructure/multi functional green space will be established across Trafford with a range of housing types and tenures (including affordable housing);

Inequalities will be reduced in all of our most deprived areas, with the main focus for regeneration being in the Priority Regeneration Areas of Old Trafford, Partington and Sale West;

The established retail hierarchy will be maintained and the four town centres will be strengthened to remain the focus for retail, commercial and community facilities, and;

High quality industrial and commercial premises for existing, new and expanding businesses and major relocations will be available in well-served locations such as Trafford Park and other employment areas, to support the local, City Region and Regional economies.