Strategic Planning consultations

As part of the preparation of Strategic Planning documents, we regularly consult with the public, in order to hear your views on what is being proposed.

Consultation on the draft new Trafford Local Plan (Regulation 18)

Trafford Council is inviting residents and businesses to have their say on an ambitious draft Trafford Local Plan to shape the future of Trafford up to 2037 and beyond. The Trafford Local Plan sets out a vision and framework of policies for the future development of Trafford, addressing needs and opportunities in Trafford and providing a framework to deliver inclusive places, new housing, economic growth, community facilities and infrastructure – as well as a basis for conserving and enhancing the natural and historic environment, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and achieving well designed places.

This February 2021 Regulation 18 consultation on the draft Trafford Local Plan is the next step in the process of developing a new Local Plan for Trafford. It is an opportunity for people who live and work in Trafford to have their say on the type of place Trafford will be in the future.

The draft Trafford Local Plan contains a draft vision for Trafford in 2037, draft strategic objectives for how this will be achieved and accompanying draft thematic policies. The draft Trafford Local Plan also identifies Areas of Focus for growth and development as well as establishing distinct places within Trafford.

The draft Trafford Local Plan is accompanied by a Draft Integrated Assessment which also forms part of this consultation. Any sites which you wish to be considered as allocations for protection or development within the Local Plan process can also be submitted as part of this consultation process.

Comments are invited on the draft Trafford Local Plan from 4 February 2021 until 18 March 2021 when the consultation will close.

Please see the New Trafford Local Plan page for more information on the consultation and how to submit comments.

Civic Quarter AAP

Trafford Council has published its final draft of the Civic Quarter Area Action Plan (CQ AAP) for consultation, also known as the Regulation 19 or Publication consultation.

We are now seeking your views on the CQ AAP and your comments can be made over a period of over 6 weeks between 9am on Wednesday 20 January 2021 and 5pm on Friday 5 March 2021.

Flixton Neighbourhood Plan

This consultation has now closed.

Trafford Council has received an application from a residents group known as “My Flixton Neighbourhood Planning Group” for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area and the establishment of a Neighbourhood Forum for Flixton. In accordance with Regulations 6 and 9 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, we are inviting comments on the proposed boundary and constitution sought in the application.

If designated, this boundary would represent the geographical extent of any Neighbourhood Development Plan or Neighbourhood Development Order which may be produced for Flixton. Similarly, should the neighbourhood forum be designated for the area, another cannot be designated until the existing expires or is withdrawn.

Consultation documents:

The above documents can also be viewed during normal opening hours at Trafford Town Hall, Sale Waterside Offices, Woodsend Library and Urmston Library.

Where possible, comments should be submitted electronically using the online survey above or by email to

Where this isn't possible, comments can also be posted to Strategic Planning, Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Manchester, M32 0TH.

Comments are invited from Friday 20 December 2019 until 5:00pm on Friday 31 January 2020 when the consultation will close.

If you have any enquiries about the consultation, please email or call 0161 912 3149 and a member of the Strategic Planning Team will be able to help you.

Data protection

All comments will be held by the Council and will be available to view publicly. Comments cannot be treated as confidential. Your personal information such as your postal and e-mail address will not be published, but your name and organisation (if relevant) will.

Trafford Council maintains a database of consultees who wish to be kept informed about planning policy matters such as the Local Plan.  In responding to this consultation your contact details will automatically be added to the consultation database (if not already held).  However, the Council will not automatically notify you of future consultations unless you ‘opt in’ on your consultation response.

If you do not state you want to be on the consultation database, it will be assumed that you do not wish to be notified of future consultations.