Bruntwood Works and Trafford Council have submitted plans drawn up by FCBStudios for the transformation of Stretford town centre, following 18 months of extensive public consultation.
This includes outline plans to reinstate King Street to provide a new high street for the community, to open up access to the Bridgewater Canal and create a new waterfront destination on Lacy Street, to create a Makers Yard hub for small independents and evening economy, and to introduce up to 800 new homes including affordable housing.
Ernst ter Horst, Associate, FCBStudios said: “From the outset this masterplan was genuinely co-created with the community, with the stakeholders leading the process. After a series of engagement sessions over 18 months the proposals set out a vibrant and diverse high street, within a walkable 20-minute sustainable neighbourhood.
“The ambition is for Stretford to be the place to go for much more than shopping, it will include cutting edge workspaces, great cafes and restaurants, community facilities and play spaces for everyone.
“The key to reviving the centre hangs on reinstating key historic routes from east to west and north to south, which converge on a central square. These routes will reconnect local landmarks - the Victorian town hall, St. Matthews Church and the Bridgewater Canal - with green spaces and places to gather, working together to make a place that is uniquely Stretford.
“By working closely with the community and stakeholders, we have developed these plans that stitch the mall and the town centre back into its surroundings through a series of people-centred interventions.”
Residents are encouraged to continue feeding back on the plans via the Stretford Mall Public Consultation website www.futurestretford.co.uk.