£175m wa­ter park de­ci­sion in the pipe­line

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By ALICE RICHARD­SON Lo­cal Democ­racy Ser­vice

THE fu­ture of £175 mil­lion pro­pos­als for an in­door trop­i­cal wa­ter park and spa will be de­cided next year.

A spokesman for Traf­ford coun­cil con­firmed the mas­sive plans from Therme Manch­ester and devel­op­ers Peel L&P will be looked at in de­tail by the au­thor­ity’s plan­ning com­mit­tee in March 2020.

Plans for the 28-acre re­sort show it would com­bine wa­ter slides and wave pools with re­lax­ing lux­ury spa ex­pe­ri­ences to cre­ate ‘a true oa­sis in the city.’

Therme Manch­ester first an­nounced the pro­pos­als in July this year and said they want to bring to­gether ‘the tra­di­tion of the an­cient Ro­man spa with an in­door trop­i­cal par­adise’ if their pro­posed scheme is given the go ahead.

The at­trac­tion would sit in Traf­ford City on Bar­ton Dock Road be­tween Phoenix Way, Mer­cury Way and the Bridge­wa­ter Canal – a site cur­rently home to Soc­cer­dome.

Traf­ford coun­cil’s plan­ning meet­ing in March will de­ter­mine whether or not the mon­ster plans are granted plan­ning per­mis­sion.

Build­ing work would be ex­pected to be­gin shortly af­ter­wards, if the com­mit­tee grants full plan­ning per­mis­sion. Mem­bers of the pub­lic were in­vited to at­tend a con­sul­ta­tion on the pro­posed re­sort in July.

When an­nounc­ing the plans Stelian Ia­cob, CEO of Therme Group UK, said: “Therme com­bines sus­tain­able tech­nol­ogy with na­ture and cul­ture to ben­e­fit com­mu­ni­ties around the world.

“Manch­ester has al­ways been a for­ward-think­ing city, and we are ex­cited about the pos­si­bil­ity of Therme Manch­ester bring­ing well-be­ing and af­ford­able lux­ury to the heart of the com­mu­nity, shap­ing a city of the fu­ture.”

Devel­op­ers hope to trans­form the site into a new Even­tCity with car park­ing, as well as build­ing a new eight-pitch foot­ball fa­cil­ity.

James Whit­taker, Peel L&P Group de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor, added: “Bring­ing Therme Manch­ester to Traf­ford City is a once in a gen­er­a­tion op­por­tu­nity and these plans will de­liver a world class well-be­ing re­sort to the north of Eng­land, cre­ate a state-of-theart events and con­fer­ence fa­cil­ity as well as pro­vide a per­ma­nent foot­ball fa­cil­ity for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Brooke Vin­cent shows off her lit­tle black dress

Therme Manch­ester hope to cre­ate a Ro­man-style spa

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