Council's plan to improve quality of new buildings in borough

Trafford is one of the most desirable places to live in the whole of Greater Manchester - and the Council is taking action to help ensure that continues.

The authority has prioritised health, wellbeing, the environment and tackling poverty to make Trafford an even better place to live, work and socialise.

But what about buildings and design? The Council’s latest initiative is to put forward a resolution to help improve the quality of new buildings within the borough for future generations to enjoy. The Executive this week approved the draft Design Code for consultation and gave the Council the go-ahead to consult on it. The Trafford Design Code makes clear to the community, developers and landowners the quality of new development which is expected in Trafford.

Last year, Trafford, along with 24 other Councils, was given £160,000 by the Office for Place in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to produce model Design Codes that other councils around the country can draw on to inform their own local codes.

The detailed Trafford Design Code has now been drawn up to produce guidelines to ensure development offers distinctive innovative and high-quality buildings and is shaped by a number of community and stakeholder consultation events and workshops.

The public will now be asked their views on the Trafford Design Code in consultations planned for next month. There will also be developer forums in July and residents’ drop-in sessions in September.

Cllr Liz Patel, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “The design of our homes, streets and town centres has a big impact on people’s lives. The Trafford Design Code has been drawn up to ensure future buildings and developments in our borough are of the highest quality design. Lots of residents have already got involved and helped to shape this final stage of consultation.

“The Trafford Design Code sets the standards of what we want to see in terms of the design of new places and buildings. It puts people at the heart of design decisions and will have a positive impact in our neighbourhoods for years to come.”






Posted on Wednesday 21st June 2023