Trafford Wharfside Framework Consultation

Closes 18 Apr 2024

Opened 7 Mar 2024


The Council’s draft Trafford Wharfside Framework offers a vision for the Trafford Wharfside area as a key emerging neighbourhood over the next 15 years. The Trafford Wharfside Development Framework has been prepared by the Council in discussion with major landowning partners including Peel , Manchester United and Salford City Council.

The Framework has identified a number of potential development sites and will be used to set an overall strategy to guide future, well designed development in the area. It places nature and landscape at the heart of its vision, celebrates the Manchester Ship Canal waterfront and the Imperial War Museum, creates opportunities for up to 5,000 high quality new homes (up to c2,500 within the plan period), connects Trafford Wharfside to the city centre and develops a high-quality setting for Manchester United as they develop their plans for a world-class football stadium.

The vision for Trafford Wharfside is for an area of well-connected communities where all amenities, landmarks and public spaces are easily accessed. The vision supports the Council’s priorities to reduce health inequalities, supporting people out of poverty and addressing our climate crisis and will create a greener, more natural place in which to live and visit.

Due to the strategic importance of the Wharfside area, a draft Framework has been produced in partnership with key stakeholders to set the overall vision for the Wharfside area and to guide future development, focusing on how the area should operate as a ‘place’.

The Wharfside Development Framework sets out the broad scope of the ‘what’ and ‘where’, including public realm and other ground level interventions; the Masterplan builds that up into a more detailed assessment of development potential, the mitigation of existing constraints, parameters and robust urban design principles.


Why your views matter

This is your opportunity to give your views on the strategy so that we can ensure the Framework is supported by your input and reflects your thoughts about the Wharfside area.

The Framework is available to download at the bottom of this page.

Give us your views


  • Trafford Wharfside Framework & Masterplan Drop-In Event

    From 20 Mar 2024 at 16:30 to 20 Mar 2024 at 19:00

    A drop-in event providing the opportunity to discuss your views with Council Officers.
    Venue: Stadium Suite,
    Hotel Football,
    99 Sir Matt Busby Way,
    Old Trafford,
    M16 0SZ