COUNCIL bosses are to consult with residents over multi-million pound plans to continue the exciting transformation of the area around Stretford Town Hall and surrounding buildings into a new ‘Civic Quarter.’

The Civic Quarter Area Action Plan (CQ AAP) covers a 55-hectare site taking in the town hall, Lancashire County Cricket Club, the former Kellogg’s site, including the University Academy 92 (UA 92) campus, stretching up to the A56/Chester Road and White City retail park.

The area is one of the most popular places in the borough and each year 2.5million people visit Old Trafford for Man United games and half a million go to the cricket.

Trafford Council officials will now be speaking with residents and businesses on the proposals and want as many people as possible to give their views.

The plans include building a new leisure centre, an improved public realm, new homes and offices and improved cycle and pedestrian routes.

They also include the possible development of a new public piazza which could lie between the town hall, the UA92 site and the cricket club and provide an inspirational focal point for celebrations and events throughout the year.

Last week, Trafford Council’s executive approved taking the consultation draft Civic Quarter Area Action Plan (CQ AAP) and sent it out to public consultation for six weeks.

Cllr James Wright, who is charge of regeneration for the borough, said: “We are very excited by these plans. The proposals for the Civic Quarter present a fantastic opportunity to develop local amenities, improve community use of the area and transform our public spaces.

“We are looking to create a fantastic place for those who live and work in the Trafford area and exemplifies our priority of creating successful and thriving places in the borough for everyone to enjoy.

“The people of Trafford are at the centre of these plans and we will consult with residents every step of the way as we continue the journey to creating a vibrant and amazing Civic Quarter.”

The consultation period will run from 5pm, February 5 to 5pm on March 20. Any comments on the draft Civic Quarter AAP must be formally provided to the council in writing by providing comments via their website: or emailing