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Could this £1billion development change our Manchester Ship Canal for the better?

Plans for an enormous £1 billion development on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, overlooking the Trafford Centre will go before planning chiefs next week. The giant Trafford Waters project could see 3,000 new flats, nearly one million square feet of shop and office space, a hotel, a care home and a primary school all included on the site.

The plan for this development has been 15 years in the making, and is finally being considered by town hall bosses in Trafford next week. Planning giants Peel say 5,000 jobs will be created, should council bosses give the blueprints the green-light on Thursday, October the 13th. Trafford Waters will be linked to the Trafford Centre by a ‘green bridge’.

The new 'neighbourhood' will be built on a disused plot of land, and will sit in a key location, minutes away from the bustling shopping centre, Chill Factore, golf centre, gyms and five-a-side football pitches. It will be easily accessible via the M60 and bus routes, and benefit from the planned Metrolink extension to the Trafford Centre.

Developers Peel say the project will make a ‘significant contribution’ towards meeting the housing needs of Trafford’s growing population. Demand for office space would also ease if the plan goes ahead. Developers say the scheme would bring in a minimum of £3.3 million extra in council tax and £2 million in business rates.

They also believe that nearly £50 million will be pumped back into the local economy. When plans for the project were revealed, James Whittaker, development director at Peel Land and Property, said: “We have been working on the vision and master plan for Trafford Waters for more than 15 years. “It will be an exemplar, sustainable development that will create a space for a new community to live, work and play. I am confident that Trafford Waters will be a great asset to the whole region".

Some 39 letters of objection have been lodged against the application, with concerns raised over the need for a new school, hotel and additional office space. Planning officers have recommended the bumper application for approval.

The official Town Hall papers read: “Officers consider that this development would make best use of this strategically important, vacant site. “It would contribute towards addressing the identified housing shortfall in Trafford, during this plan period and beyond, and would provide a range of new jobs as well as expanded shopping opportunities and social infrastructure designed to meet the needs of the Trafford Waters population.”

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