Trafford Waters, Trafford

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Trafford Waters 1


Location: Trafford Waters, Manchester

Client:  Peel Investments (North) Limited


  • £1 billion development
  • 3,000 homes
  • 80,000 sq.m offices
  • 6,700 sq.m retail/leisure
  • Primary school
  • Hotels
  • A ‘green’ bridge


  • Sub-regional scale project
  • Major mixed use urban regeneration project next to the Trafford Centre
  • Complex viability and planning obligation negotiations


  • Demonstrating the acceptability of a high-density development in a traditionally suburban location
  • Located next to the M60 which has traffic capacity and air quality issues
  • Proximity to Grade II* and Grade II heritage assets

 Summary of NJL Approach:

NJL provided both strategic and detailed planning advice throughout the project to set a delivery strategy to overcome the complex planning issues associated with this development.  This included establishing a parameters based approach with the masterplan architects, reviewing the Environmental Impact Assessment and working through viability assessments to negotiate the best planning obligation solution for the client.  NJL worked closely with Trafford Council to secure buy-in to the proposals which were significantly different from their original aspirations for the site.   


Outline planning permission for a major mixed-use development of sub-regional significance approved unanimously by Councillors. NJL are now in the early stages of assisting with a Reserved Matters planning application for one of the first phases on behalf of Trafford Housing Trust.