Trafford Council approve plans for more waterside apartments between Bridgewater and Manchester Ship Canal

The proposals were submitted for planning permission late last year.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 8th March 2024

Trafford Council have recently approved plans for another batch of new waterside apartments just down from Pomona Wharf as part of the ever-growing Manchester Waters residential complex.

Situated between the Bridgewater and Manchester Ship Canals, and spearheaded by waterside regeneration specialists Peel Waters — who have already delivered multiple projects between Manchester city centre and Salford Quays — the firm is set to add 159 new homes to the development.

The sustainable new one, two and three-bed apartments will balance a level of luxury with sustainability, as Peel Waters will also be making a financial contribution equivalent to 20% affordable housing within Trafford and further contributions will be put towards green spaces and schools in the local area.

Now these are the kinds of things we like to hear with new developments.

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The newly approved plans for Pomona Strand were submitted back in October 2023.

Continuing to take shape on Pomona Strand between the tram stop of the same name and Cornbrook back towards Castlefield, much of the land is currently unused and overgrown along the Waterways Avenue stretch, so Manchester Waters saw the opportunity to expand with further blocks.


However, it isn’t just a case of snapping another plot and building up; health, wellness, access to nature and spaces to socialise are said to be at the forefront of Peel’s residential development at Manchester Waters and they hope to knit into the surrounding area rather than take over it.

As per a press release, “a communal rooftop terrace located above the entrance to the site will offer residents exceptional views onto the Manchester Ship Canal and a vibrant and welcoming residents’ courtyard garden will offer extra outdoor space for residents to relax in.”


Beyond that, the new apartments will also feature a waterside yoga studio and gym, the aforementioned rooftop terrace and ‘sensory’ courtyard garden, as well as sustainable design with solar panels, a heat recovery system, cycle parking spaces for each flat within a secure hub, as well as individual parking spaces with dedicated EV charging points through a residents-only car club.

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The new communal waterside-facing space.

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Peel Waters is also set to add the next sections of two new waterfront pedestrian and cycle routes which will be created along the two canals, providing enhanced connectivity and waterside paths for residents, commuters and the wider community — not to mention all of these existing transport links nearby.

By the looks of things, this particular location within Manchester (designed by local AHR architects) is set to be one of the most connected and accessible when it comes to travelling into the city centre, MediaCity and beyond.


And, as mentioned, large chunks of Pomona Strand and the surrounding area are currently derelict with no real access for locals to enjoy as an outdoor space, so with much of it having been vacant for the best of 20 years, it’s just good to see the brownfield site being further regenerated with more quality housing.

The official completion date of the development is still yet to be slated but with Peel currently working on multiple apartments and other projects along the canal and around Trafford, we’re excited to see what the waterside will look like over the next few years.

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