Trafford Council extends deadline for consultation on Civic Quarter Masterplan

Trafford Council has extended the deadline for consultation on plans to transform the area around the Town Hall and surrounding buildings into a new ‘Civic Quarter.’

The Civic Quarter Masterplan covers a 120 acre site taking in the Town Hall, Lancashire Cricket Club, the former Kellogg’s site including the University Academy 92 (UA 92) campus, stretching up to the A56/Chester Road and White City retail park.

The businesses and residents consultation period was due to finish on 14 December, 2018, but has been extended to 21 December, 2018. Trafford Council has extended it to gather more views and give people a chance to read the newly-published Townscape and Visual Impact Assessment document which forms part of the evidence base for the masterplan.

Earlier this month, the Council’s Executive discussed proposals to regenerate the area to create a vibrant neighbourhood and gave the go ahead to consult on the plans. Trafford Council is speaking with residents and businesses on the proposals and want as many people as possible to give their views. The final public consultation event is being run by the Council on Tuesday 11 December, 6-8pm, Lancashire Cricket Club.

The proposals include building a new leisure centre; an improved public realm, a new University campus, opportunities for new homes and offices and improved cycle and pedestrian routes. They also include the possible development of a new public piazza which could lie between the Town Hall, the UA92 site and Lancashire Cricket Club and 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.

Leader of Trafford Council, Andrew Western, said:

The Civic Quarter Masterplan presents a fantastic opportunity to further develop local amenities, improve community use of the area and completely transform our public spaces. The plans aims to create a fantastic place for those who live and work here, so please take the time to tell us what you want: your views are vital in shaping this exciting project.”

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’.

Any comments on the draft plan must be formally provided to the Council in writing. If you’re not able to fill in a survey online, you can either:

• Email your comments to civicquartermasterplan@trafford.gov.uk  
• Send your comments by post or in person to Trafford Council, Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, M32 0TH

Posted on Friday 7th December 2018