New Trafford Local Plan

Consultation is currently being undertaken on the Regulation 18 Draft Trafford Local Plan. Please see information on this consultation below.

What is the Trafford Local Plan?

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.

The Local Plan will play an important part in the future growth of Trafford. It sets planning policies and allocates sites for development, protection or for other purposes e.g. town centre boundaries or green networks. The Local Plan is part of the Statutory Development Plan for Trafford. Once adopted, it will form the basis for making decisions on planning applications.

The Council is required to keep its Local Plan up to date to retain control over the type and location of development within the Borough, and so ensuring that development across Trafford is ‘plan led’.

Trafford Council’s Executive made the decision to prepare a new Local Plan for Trafford at the Executive meeting on the 25 June 2018.

Once adopted, the new Trafford Local Plan will become the main land-use planning document for Trafford, and will form part of the Council’s overall Development Plan alongside the joint Greater Manchester Waste and Minerals plans and any adopted neighbourhood plan. The Development Plan will also include any adopted area action plans (AAPs) such as the emerging Civic Quarter AAP and Stretford AAP and any strategic planning documents for Greater Manchester. Information on the existing Development Plan can be found on the Trafford Local Plan page.

The timetable for the preparation of the Trafford Local Plan is set out in the Local Development Scheme (LDS). The first Draft Local Plan consultation (Regulation 18) is currently underway.

Consultation on the draft new Trafford Local Plan 4 February – 18 March 2021

In accordance with Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, notice is hereby given that Trafford Council is preparing a new Local Plan. Trafford Council’s Executive approved the draft Local Plan for consultation at the Executive meeting on 14 December 2020.

Trafford Council invites you to make representations on the content and policies of the draft Trafford Local Plan. Information on how to make comments can be found below.

It is intended that the draft Trafford Local Plan be read as a whole however the plan is also available to read in a number of sections – these are all available below.

Draft Trafford Local Plan in sections:

Integrated Assessment Report

Trafford Council is consulting on the draft Integrated Assessment (IA) Report which accompanies the draft Trafford Local Plan. This assessment considers the potential social, economic and environmental effects of the plan. The IA identifies the type, nature and extent of these potential effects and how the draft Trafford Local Plan can address them.

Accompanying the IA is a consultation survey.

Local Plan call for sites

The draft Trafford Local Plan makes site specific allocations for housing, employment and green spaces, similar to those in the Revised Trafford UDP. Each potential site considered for allocation is assessed in terms of its “fit” with the scope of the Local Plan and against sustainability and deliverability criteria.

If you wish to submit a site(s):

  • to be considered for allocation for development, protection or some other purpose within the Trafford Local Plan; or
  • to ensure that the Council has up to date information relating to allocations within the draft new Trafford Local Plan

Please complete a call for sites form and submit to the Strategic Planning and Growth Team via email to

Evidence base

The Trafford Local Plan is supported by a number of evidence base documents. The evidence base will be added to as work on the Local Plan progresses and will be used to inform and support the policies in the Local Plan.

Submitting comments

Online consultation survey

Once you have read the plan please complete our online consultation survey

The survey has a different page with questions for each section of the Local Plan. You can choose which sections you want to respond to by clicking through the pages of the survey. You do not have to complete all questions.

Comments should be submitted electronically via the online survey or via email to

If responding by email, a name and contact address (preferably e-mail) must be provided. If relevant, please make it clear which question in the plan you are commenting on.

Virtual consultation

Due to the ongoing restrictions as a result of the response to COVID-19 this consultation is being held virtually.

Also due to COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to hold any face to face consultation sessions. For information on how to access the consultation resources online via your local library please contact them on 0161 912 3189 for further information as opening hours and social distancing requirements vary for each location.

If you are unable to view the consultation documents electronically please contact the Strategic Planning Team for assistance including on how hard copies of relevant documents might be obtained during this period of COVID-19 restrictions and on what charges may apply.

If you have any enquiries regarding the draft Trafford Local Plan or wish to discuss how to get involved in the virtual consultation, please email or call 0161 912 3149 and a member of the Strategic Planning Team will be able to assist.

The GMSF 2020

This Regulation 18 draft Trafford Local Plan (February 2021) has been published for consultation to ensure that progress can continue to be made on preparing a new Local Plan for Trafford.

References to the GMSF 2020 have been retained within the draft Trafford Local Plan to illustrate the strategic framework that a Greater Manchester plan will set and to give an indication of the anticipated growth in Trafford within a Greater Manchester context. The draft Trafford Local Plan (December 2020) has been prepared in the context of the GMSF 2020 and therefore reflects its spatial strategy and strategic policy framework. The GMSF 2020 established a range of thematic policies as well as a number of strategic allocations and Green Belt boundary amendments.

Following the decision of Stockport Council in December 2020 to not approve the GMSF 2020 for Regulation 19 consultation or submission, the GMSF is no longer being progressed in its current form.

Please see our page on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework for further information.

Previous consultation on the Local Plan

A Regulation 18 consultation on the Local Plan Issues Paper was carried out in July 2018. Information relating to the consultation can be found here:

Land Allocations Plan status

The Land Allocations Plan was going to be the translation of the Core Strategy policies on the ground, allocating sites and designations for specific policies.

The Council consulted on a full draft of the Land Allocations Plan for 6 weeks from 3 February 2014 to 17 March 2014.

Trafford Council’s Executive on the 25 March 2015 agreed to delay the production of the Land Allocations Plan until the production of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework was further advanced.

As work has commenced on the new Trafford Local Plan, the Land Allocations Plan will not advance any further. Elements of the Land Allocations Plan will be incorporated as appropriate within the new Trafford Local Plan.

Data protection

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, 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.

All comments received during Strategic Planning consultations will be held by the Council for the production of the document that is being consulted on and they will be available to view publicly (including on the Council’s 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.

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