Trafford Design Code

Trafford's Places

Sale and surrounds

Sale and its surroundings form a residential suburb which grew around the introduction of the railway. It is bound to the north by the River Mersey and the M60,  to the west by Carrington Moss, and to the south by Timperley. Its vibrant town and village centres, central location and excellent transport links continue to make it a popular residential area. 


Sale town centre provides the central focus to the area, while Sale Moor and Ashton Upon Mersey centres provide two other local centres which have a well-preserved “village” quality. The M60 Motorway, the A56, Metrolink and canal corridors pass through Sale, making it a well-connected place, with the opportunity to provide sustainable development with active pedestrian and cycle transport links.


The central parts of Sale are best characterised by their well-preserved Victorian and Edwardian suburban qualities, leading to a generous spatial quality. Exceptional examples of this suburban style of architecture with decorative facades and roof details, sit behind established stone boundary walls and hedges along tree lined streets.


Beyond the historic central areas, 20th century semi-detached housing estates make up the majority of the urban form, where the character remains green and suburban, with numerous parks providing space for recreation. The primary residential forms are Edwardian and Victorian terraces, semi-detached , and villas. The A56 corridor passes through the middle of Sale, which has provided impetus for  commercial activity. This includes some notable examples of the early 20th century Art Deco and early modernist style.


Local Character Areas

  • Sale, the principal commercial centre, and the residential areas surrounding it, are of mixed character but predominantly housing, with a high number of parks and open spaces;
  • Sale Moor, a compact village centre with local amenities and retail offering surrounded mostly by smaller historic housing stock;
  • Brooklands, an area of housing that has grown around Brooklands Station, including the Samuel Brook’s  built Brooklands Road. Typically larger detached and semi-detached properties;
  • Sale East, an area with extensive 20th century housing stock centred around Norris Road;
  • Woodhouses centred around Woodhouse Lane, typically comprised of semi-detached post war houses;
  • Ashton-upon-Mersey centred around Ashton on Mersey village,  a large residential area typified by late Victorian housing;
  • Sale West is characterised by a variety of residential estates dating from the 1970s. It forms the westernmost edge of Sale and borders the adjacent landscape of Carrington Moss;
  • The A56 Corridor runs through the centre of Sale town centre and forms an important commercial area along its northern section. It is a car dominated environment which would benefit from further greening;
  • The Bridgewater Canal forms a focal point in the town centre and is well used by pedestrians and cyclists with good links to the city centre, parks and other green spaces;
  • The Mersey Corridor provides a major natural green space and recreational route, linking Sale Water Park to Stretford, Chorlton and Didsbury.

Place Specific Design Cues

Permeable paving options