AMBITIOUS plans for a new ‘Civic Quarter’ could transform parts of Stretford and Old Trafford.

The Civic Quarter project - which covers a 120-acre site taking in the Town Hall, Lancashire Cricket Club, the intended University Academy 92, and stretching up to the A56/Chester Road - will become a shared public space for everyone.

The proposals are being led by the council, developer Bruntwood and Lancashire Cricket Club.

Council leader Andrew Western said: “The establishment of a civic quarter presents a fantastic opportunity to further develop local amenities, improve community use of the area and completely transform our public spaces.

“The plan is to create a place for everyone who lives, works and visits the area.”

A new public piazza or ‘festival square’ - which could provide an inspirational focal point for celebrations and events through the year - would also be created.

In addition, a new ‘processional route’ could connect the area’s two world-class sporting venues - Lancashire Cricket Club and Manchester United’s Old Trafford.

Lancashire Cricket Club, a key partner in the emerging ‘Trafford Masterplan’, welcomed the idea.

Daniel Gidney, Lancashire Cricket Club chief executive, said: “The grand vision of the Civic Quarter will transform the area into a vibrant destination, with sport, well-being and learning at its heart, and we are excited to be at the core of it.”

Bruntwood’s regional director Andrew Cooke said the ‘vision’ will transform the area and create a ‘vibrant and successful community’.

People are being asked for their thoughts and ideas on the plan.

Bosses are particularly keen on suggestions on how to improve Talbot Road, which runs through the middle of the development site, for pedestrians and cyclists.

The public are invited to attend a drop-in session between 2pm-8pm on August 14 at Trafford Town Hall, to find out more and give feedback.