In early October, Trafford Council agreed to move ahead with ambitious and exciting plans to revitalise Stretford, and to start a consultation (and a conversation) with everyone over the ‘Refreshed Masterplan’ for Stretford.
Great progress has been made on the Masterplan for Stretford (2014) however the vacancy rate within the Town Centre remains high, and the redevelopment of a number of important sites has not taken place. Stretford needs a new approach and additional significant investment if it is to achieve its full potential.
The catalyst for updating the original Masterplan for Stretford (2014) is the University Academy ’92 (UA92) proposal, an innovative higher education facility in partnership with Gary Neville and the ‘Class of ‘92’, award-winning Lancaster University, the Council, Microsoft, Trafford College and Bruntwood. UA92 is set to create jobs, bring people and investment into the area and offer young people, both on the doorstep and further afield, a very different approach to higher education that will arm them with the skills crucial to becoming future leaders in sport, media and business. Crucially it will also potentially enhance the local economy by around £26 million per year.
The proposed main UA92 campus is the Kellogg's office on Talbot Road, which will include a new, modern, publicly-owned leisure centre operated by Trafford Leisure.
The revised plans will support further investment in the town centre and delivery of retail, food/drink and leisure uses, the revival of the Essoldo building for beneficial use by the whole community, high-quality student accommodation on the Lacy Street site, investment in Turn Moss playing fields, improvements to public spaces and the town centre generally and opportunities to develop several other sites.
Please find the full Refreshed Stretford Masterplan here. Also below are fact sheets on each of the key proposals.