Plans submitted for 159 new ‘sustainable’ homes overlooking Manchester’s historic canals

Every future resident will have a stunning waterfront view.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 27th October 2023

Plans to build a community of new sustainable homes overlooking Greater Manchester’s historic canals have been submitted this week.

Manchester Waters‘ is the newest project from waterside regeneration specialists, Peel Waters.

Located between The Bridgewater Canal and The Manchester Ship Canal, the proposed one, two, and three-bedroom build-to-rent apartments form part of the company’s collection of “vibrant and innovative” waterfront developments all across the UK, and will uniquely offer every future resident a stunning home with a waterfront view.

Split across two buildings that overlook both historic canals, developers say health, wellness, access to nature, and spaces to socialise in are all at the forefront of the proposals.

A communal rooftop terrace will provide exceptional views onto the Manchester Ship Canal, and a “welcoming” residents’ courtyard garden will offer extra outdoor space to relax in, while a dedicated residents-only gym and on-site yoga studio is set to be just one of many amenities.

Plans have been submitted for 159 new homes overlooking Manchester’s historic canals / Credit: Peel L&P

Sustainability is said to be “at the heart” of the design of the two residential buildings.

As well as adopting a fabric-first approach with the aim of reducing carbon emissions, heat pumps and solar panels will be installed to generate energy on site, and will also be complemented by a heat recovery system to make the buildings “highly efficient”.


Active travel options will be encouraged at the development as it will have secure on-site cycle parking hubs, and a ‘car club’ with dedicated EV charging points in each space.

James Whittaker, who is the Executive Director for Peel Waters, has called the submission of plans for the new Manchester development an “exciting step”.

Sustainability is said to be “at the heart” of the proposed residential development / Credit: Peel L&P

“Waterside living in the UK comes with many benefits that enhance quality of life and wellness,” he explained, “and our proposed homes will celebrate their waterfront location as well as delivering much needed new, sustainable, quality housing in the area in addition to providing the next section of new improved pedestrian and cycle links between Manchester and MediaCity.


“Alongside creating new homes, the proposals represent a significant investment into the local area, which will create new jobs, apprenticeships and local employment opportunities throughout the construction stage.”

The 159 proposed homes will form part of a wider Manchester Waters masterplan to regenerate the Brownfield site – which has been largely vacant for more than two decades – and developers say it will bring “much-needed quality homes” to the area.

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As part of the proposals, Peel will be making a contribution equivalent to 20% affordable housing within Trafford, and a further contribution will be made towards improving green spaces in the local area too.

Featured Image – Peel L&P