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TRAFFORD: £1bn masterplan for 2,700 new homes over next 15 years for Pomona Island

TRAFFORD: £1bn masterplan for 2,700 new homes over next 15 years for Pomona Island

Pomona Island Masterplan Manchester Waters (Peel L&P)

New images of a huge £1bn masterplan for 2,700 new homes on Pomona Island have been revealed.

The aerial shots of the proposals show a huge green area right on the waterside, with sports facilities, play areas and new homes.

Peel L&P has unveiled early proposals for the area as part of its Manchester Waters scheme, which will include one of the largest new public parks in the region.

The revamped masterplan, covering almost 25 acres of underdeveloped brownfield land, would transform around 60 per cent of the masterplan area, which is surrounded by the Manchester Ship Canal and the Bridgewater Canal.

The proposals include around 2,700 homes, in a mixture of apartments and townhouses. Leisure space and shops would be built on the remaining land.

Plans were submitted to the council for a 162-home private rent scheme at Pomona Wharf last week.

A network of new footpaths and cycleways as part of the masterplan are set to help to connect the site to the Metrolink stops at Pomona Island and Cornbrook interchange.

The 15-year proposals follow the principles of a 2020 masterplan, agreed by Trafford council, and form the basis of an outline planning application to be submitted in Spring 2022.

The regeneration of the site would be centred around a 5.2 acre waterfront park and new public access to a mile-long stretch of waterfront.

Ideas for re-using land under the railway arches also form part of the proposals and include plans to create outdoor sports facilities and play areas.

There will be planting by the water’s edge along the canal as well as improvements to Brindley’s Weir to preserve the site’s heritage – the hope is to promote biodiversity and wildlife in the area.

Manchester Waters is one of Peel L&P’s seven waterfront regeneration schemes across England and Scotland under its newly named Peel Waters portfolio with 30,000 homes and 10 million sq ft of commercial space in the development pipeline.

The Trafford development in its prominent location is a gateway to Manchester city centre and Salford Quays with a range of employment and leisure opportunities close by at MediaCity, Trafford Park and the city centre.

Phase 1 of Manchester Waters is already well underway with 750 homes on the way at X1’s open market sale development and the completion of Pomona Wharf, a build-to-rent scheme next to St George’s Island in 2017.

A range of public consultation events on the plans is expected to begin early next year.

 James Whittaker, Peel L&P’s executive director for development, said: “Nestled between two famous canals, Manchester Waters has one of the most unique locations out of any our Peel Waters regenerations schemes and we’ve taken that into careful consideration to develop a green vision for the site which will go to public consultation early next year.

“This vision has nature at its heart by improving public access to the beautiful canals with a new park and open spaces bringing many health and wellbeing benefits to residents, commuters and families. 

“The masterplan also supports Trafford council’s wider housing strategy and its excellent connectivity to Manchester, Trafford and Salford brings many exciting opportunities to create a really special place for a thriving new waterfront community with access to new and improved sustainable travel routes.” 

Coun James Wright, Trafford council’s executive member for housing, added: “This exciting masterplan supports a number of our commitments including the building of more homes and developing a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly future for our communities.

“Manchester Waters is a major regeneration scheme which will also support health and wellbeing priorities as well as local employment initiatives. The masterplan would transform this area of Trafford into a green urban oasis for future generations to enjoy.”

Words: Alice Richardson, Local Democracy Reporter

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