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.

Trafford Design Code Viability Assessment Consultation


The consultation period is extended until the 19 April.

Following a successful series of consultation events on the draft Trafford Design Code, work on the Design Code continues to progress. As part of the ongoing work to deliver the Design Code, an independent Viability Assessment has been commissioned to review of the effects of the Trafford Design Code on residential development in Trafford. This report tests the ability of residential development in Trafford to viably comply with the new Design Code.

We are now seeking your comments on this Viability Assessment and are inviting you to review the Viability Assessment and complete our questionnaire.

Alternatively, if you would like to make comments on the Viability Assessment by email, send your comments to

This consultation period will run from 16 January to 19 April.

Draft Trafford Wharfside Development Framework and Masterplan

The Trafford Wharfside area represents a major development and regeneration site in the borough due to its size, strategic position on the southern bank of the Manchester Ship Canal, opportunities for future residential, employment and mixed uses, and home to major businesses such as Manchester United.

Our draft Trafford Wharfside Framework and Masterplan have been developed to offer a vision for the Trafford Wharfside area as a key emerging neighbourhood over the next 15 years and how it should operate as a ‘place’. The documents have been prepared by us in discussion with major landowning partners including Peel, Manchester United and Salford City Council.

A number of potential development sites have been identified and will be used to set an overall strategy to guide future, well designed development in the area which:

  • places nature and landscape at the heart of the vision
  • celebrates the Manchester Ship Canal waterfront and the Imperial War Museum
  • creates opportunities for 2,500 high quality new homes within the plan period (Places for Everyone plan) - with a potential for a further c2,500 over a longer term
  • better connects Trafford Wharfside to Salford Quays
  • develops a high-quality setting for Manchester United as they develop their plans for a world-class football stadium

The vision for Trafford Wharfside is for an area of well-connected communities where all amenities, landmarks and public spaces are easily accessed.

How to submit comments

Following the approval of the draft Trafford Wharfside Framework and Masterplan at the Council Executive on 26 February, we are now seeking your comments on both documents. The consultation will run for a period of six weeks, starting on 7 March and ending on 18 April.

There is also a drop-in consultation taking place:

  • 20 March, 4.30pm - 7pm. The Stadium Suite, Hotel Football, 99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Stretford M16 0SZ.

Where to view documents

The documents can be viewed online and downloaded. There is also a hard copy of the documents for view at Trafford Town Hall reception.

If you have any further enquiries, contact

Previous consultations

We have previously consulted on a number of Strategic Planning documents. These consultations have closed and are able to be viewed on the Council’s consultation portal:

Data protection

We maintain a database of consultees who wish to be kept informed about planning policy matters such as the Local Plan. Individuals or organisations that would like to be added to or removed from our consultation database should email or contact us by telephone on 0161 912 3149.

In responding to consultations your contact details will automatically be added to the consultation database (if not already held). However, we will not automatically notify you or 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.

All comments received during Strategic Planning consultations will be held by us for the production of the document that is being consulted on and they will be available to view publicly (including on our website). Comments cannot be treated as confidential. Your personal information such as your postal and email address will not be published, but your name and organisation (if relevant) will.