Inputting to the development of the Master Plan for our area
Trafford is developing a Master Plan for “Future
Carrington” and we are working with Trafford Council’s
Strategic Planning Team to ensure community
representatives are able to input into the design of that
This is important, because if lots of money is spent developing a plan, it is much harder to effect change in later phases of the process.
With this in mind, the Friends of Carrington Moss recently arranged two workshops to provide input to the local Master Plan.
The first workshop focused on the Ecology and Biodiversity on Carrington Moss, and the second covered Interconnected Traffic-Free Routes across Carrington Moss. Participants included landowners, developers, Trafford Council, specialists from local regional and national groups (see the graphic below for a full list), school pupils and representatives from local community groups.
Why is the Master Plan important?
The Master Plan will shape the future of our local landscape. It will act as a framework for upcoming planning applications and will be a supporting document in the final iteration of the GMSF which is due to be published later this year. The community are extremely important in this process. The other people who are involved may not live in the area and may not know its existing features and unique characteristics as local residents do.
In line with their Statement of Community Involvement (available at this link Trafford’s Statement of Community Involvement), Trafford will be seeking to consult and engage with residents and other interested parties throughout all phases of the Master Planning process.
Trafford Council’s planning officers have confirmed that the new version of the Master Plan for the area will use the HIMOR Master Plan, which is available at this link HIMOR Master Plan March 2019, as its starting point.
As it is a strategic document, the Master Plan will aim to show what the vision, ie the long-term proposition, for the area looks like. It will include some analysis of the existing site, highlighting the constraints and the opportunities which may arise during the plan period.
The work of the Friends group will provide some useful baseline information which can be included in the inputs to the Master Plan, including, for example, our monitoring of air quality on and around Carrington Moss.
In addition, the outputs from our recent workshops definitively demonstrate that local residents and specialists can add real value to the Master Planning process. The design principles for each theme (Ecology/Biodiversity and Interconnected Traffic-Free Routes) were discussed and updated during the workshops and attendees have had the opportunity to comment further during the review of the workshop outputs.
We are now working with workshop participants to consider the next step actions, particularly focusing initially on the quick wins, which could include, for example, route signage and wildflower planting.
Whilst these workshops aimed to support Master Planning for our own area, this is a great framework which can be adopted by others and is a huge opportunity to enable local communities to be involved in the design phase of the Master Plan. We are creating a toolkit which can be shared with other groups and we believe this will help change the perception that residents can add little value to the planning process.