Following extensive community engagement, Bruntwood and Trafford Council have announce that detailed plans for the transformation of Stretford’s King Street – the first phase of the wider Stretford Masterplan – have been submitted.
The proposals include reinstating the historic King Street as a vibrant high street, where existing businesses will be joined by new shops, cafes and bars, including independent and well known brands.
A new covered market hall is also planned, which will provide a home for retailers and eateries, bar areas and outdoor seating to boost the local evening economy.
With both sustainability and the high street at the heart of the masterplan, the plans centre around creating people-friendly spaces and new pedestrian routes into and around the town centre, to enhance the flow of footfall around the area.
The plans also include significant investment to transform the existing multi-storey car park to make it light, convenient and secure, and to create a new King Street Square to provide outdoor seating areas, market stalls and spaces to host events.
There are plans for up to 800 new homes, substantial new green public open space, and a new canalside neighbourhood.
“We’re proud to be moving forward with the ambitious plans to revitalise the King Street area, and to be one step closer to unveiling the vibrant new heart of Stretford,” said Andrea George, town centre and consumer brands director at Bruntwood.
“The engagement we’ve had from residents, visitors and the wider community on the vision for their future town centre has been overwhelming.
“A wealth of green spaces, a fresh and inspiring shopping area, and great cafes, restaurants, community facilities and play spaces were all really important features for King Street, and we’ve incorporated these into the plans.”
Working in partnership, Bruntwood and Trafford Council have made a multi-million-pound commitment to transform Stretford town centre.
“Trafford Council is committed to creating successful and thriving places and having pride in all of our town centres,” said Cllr Andrew Western, Trafford Council.
“The King Street development certainly meets this criteria and will completely transform Stretford town centre into a modern, vibrant and exciting place to be.
“We have engaged with the community every step of the way and have taken the public’s thoughts and ideas on board concerning exactly what they want.
“Stretford deserves to have a first class town centre containing great shops, cafes, green spaces and community areas and, working alongside Bruntwood, that is exactly what we plan to deliver.”