PLANS have been submitted for the first phase of work at ‘TraffordCity’ – which could see up to 3,000 homes and a primary school built.

The plans by Peel L&P are part of the Trafford Waters development and include 20 acres of open space to be built over the next 15 years.

Developers have now submitted a reserved matters application to Trafford Council’s planning department to create roads, tree-lined footpaths and cycleways, and the first acre of public green space at the development.

The first lot of work will provide access to Trafford Waters via Trafford Way and Redclyffe Road, connecting the site to the wider TraffordCity retail and leisure area, Bridgewater Canal, RHS Garden Bridgewater and the Salford Greenway.

The plans will be partly funded by £4.08 million from Homes England’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF), which will be matched by Peel L&P, to provide part of the infrastructure for the first 350 mixed-tenure homes.

Peel L&P has already invested £30 million to improve transport routes to Trafford Waters and TraffordCity with the construction of the new A57 dual carriageway lifting bridge, which connects the Salford side of the Manchester Ship Canal to Trafford.

Public sector funding, including financial support from Salford City Council, also helped to build the bridge.

Trafford Waters will sit on a 55-acre site between The Trafford Centre and Manchester Ship Canal and is set to include home, retail and leisure space, offices, a primary school, community facilities and green space.

The development proposals for Trafford Waters include a large central park with play spaces.

The Trafford Waters masterplan, which received outline planning permission from Trafford Council in 2018, also features a central plaza with office space, shops and leisure facilities, a traditional village green around All Saints Church, and new wetlands and trees.

Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “This proposed scheme supports a number of our commitments including the building of more homes and developing a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly future for our communities.

“It’s very exciting to imagine that this area could have 3,000 new homes, a primary school and 20 acres of public open space. If the scheme is approved, we could also see hundreds of new jobs being created over the next few years.”

James Whittaker, Peel L&P’s executive director for development said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be getting close to starting the first phase of our Trafford Waters development and this infrastructure work is really important in creating a sustainable pedestrian-led scheme.

“As well as providing much-needed homes and supporting regional economies, our Trafford Waters masterplan is centred around a network of public realm and green spaces while making the most of the area’s natural surroundings.

“Its location is also ideally situated for job opportunities at TraffordCity in addition to serving the needs of residents in Manchester city centre, MediaCity and other parts of Salford and Trafford, adding to the 18,000 jobs already created in TraffordCity over the last 20 years.”