Trafford Wharfside Masterplan Consultation

Closed 18 Apr 2024

Opened 7 Mar 2024


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 an attractive and sustainable place.

This Masterplan fills a gap identified in the Trafford Design Code baseline information for the Trafford Wharfside area. Whereas the 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.

The Masterplan will form part of the Trafford Design Code which means it, like the Design Code, will be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document.  It will be a ‘digital first’ document bolted onto, and accessible via the Design Code website. Both the Framework and Masterplan will serve as an evidence base document for the emerging Trafford Local Plan.

The Development Framework and Masterplan, together with the Trafford Design Code, will enable the Council to steer and support the delivery of transformational change of exemplar design quality across the Wharfside area.

The Wharfside Masterplan has been produced as a digital first platform, which incorporates a series of tools such as 3D massing models with virtual reality options to provide users with a more intuitive and streamlined experience.  The digital platform integrates Userway (blue accessibility menu) to provide an inclusive and accessible experience.  

The Masterplan is underpinned by a series of ‘plot development plans’ which show how development could come forward on each individual plot. This is to demonstrate that plots can come forward independently, with each site contributing to the wider whole. 

The Masterplan includes a number of open spaces to serve the new community, including a substantive new linear park and view corridor between Manchester United and the Imperial War Museum North. New important areas of public realm are proposed along the Manchester Ship Canal and Bridgewater Canal corridors. 

Why your views matter

This is your opportunity to let us know what you think of the draft Trafford Wharfside Masterplan.  Your views and input are important to ensure the Masterplan reflects the needs and aspirations of the local community. 

The Masterplan and Parameter Plans are available to download at the bottom of this page.


  • 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: Hotel Football - Stadium Suite