The seven ma­jor de­vel­op­ments in Stock­port by 2037

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Bred­bury Park ex­ten­sion: 90sq m em­ploy­ment space

This site, which also fea­tured in the 2016 strat­egy, is a ma­jor eco­nomic pri­or­ity for Stock­port coun­cil.

As pre­vi­ously, it pro­poses a 90sq m ex­pan­sion of the Bred­bury Park in­dus­trial es­tate, east and up the River Tame.

Its foot­print ap­pears to be the same as in the plan is­sued two years ago.

The main ve­hi­cle ac­cess would be via Bred­bury Park­way, it says, with at­ten­tion given to any traf­fic im­pact on Ash­ton Road and at Junc­tion 25 of the M60.

How­ever, the scheme may gen­er­ate op­po­si­tion from neigh­bour­ing Den­ton and Red­dish MP An­drew Gwynne, who ob­jected to the first plan - mostly on traf­fic grounds.

How­ever, the re­port states the site pro­vides a ‘rare but sig­nif­i­cant’ op­por­tu­nity for Stock­port to de­liver the type of em­ploy­ment units that are cur­rently lack­ing.

This is a new al­lo­ca­tion of hous­ing on green space be­hind the for­mer Of­fer­ton High School.

The pa­per does not state how many prop­er­ties the site will de­liver, but they will stretch across the old play­ing fields and green space around the Dial­stone sports cen­tre.

The de­vel­op­ment will pro­vide 40pc ‘af­ford­able’ hous­ing with ac­cess from the Fair­way and Cur­zon Road and junc­tion im­prove­ments and traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures in­cluded.

The plan does not say whether the hous­ing would take up all of the green space, sim­ply draw­ing a line around every­thing be­tween the tree-line and the edge of Of­fer­ton.

How­ever, the re­port states there are plans to pro­vide ad­di­tional spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs places in a new build­ing, on the site, by ex­tend­ing ex­ist­ing school.

Gravel Bank Road/ Unity Mill

This new 250-home de­vel­op­ment in the curve of the canal north west of Wood­ley would see new hous­ing built on open green space, along with the con­ver­sion of the derelict Unity Mill.

The mill it­self would be­come apart­ments, while a ‘broad mix’ of hous­ing types - 30pc of it af­ford­able - would be built on the fields to its south east, cur­rently ac­cessed from Gravel Bank Road. A ‘vis­ually at­trac­tive’ en­vi­ron­ment would be en­sured through good de­sign and lay­out, it says, tak­ing ac­count of the nearby her­itage land­marks.

Heald Green

This is an­other strate­gic site that town hall bosses had orig­i­nally ear­marked to house 2,000 homes - but the num­ber has been scaled back to 850.

Once built, it would de­liver 30pc ‘af­ford­able’ homes in the area.

The re­duced foot­print now takes up open green space be­hind Heald Green vil­lage hall which was not in­cluded in the last plan - with a spur of de­vel­op­ment run­ning around Out­wood Farm to the north and east. How­ever, local pri­mary schools will need to be ex­panded to meet the in­crease in de­mand for places - a sec­ondary school may also be re­quired.

A hugely con­tro­ver­sial de­vel­op­ment could have seen 4,000 homes built on green fields around the vil­lage of High Lane, in the south of the bor­ough.

How­ever, the scheme has been mas­sively scaled back with 500 prop­er­ties planned for the site - and, pos­si­bly, a new train sta­tion.

The re­port also says that bus and cy­cle routes in the area are to be con­sid­ered.

The pre­vi­ous plans were met with op­po­si­tion from local MP Will Wragg an­gered about how the de­vel­op­ment would im­pact the con­gested sur­round­ing roads.

Its new foot­print has been cut back to no longer run ei­ther side of Windle­hurst Road and does not stretch as far north, ei­ther.

How­ever, a new swathe of land - south of the A6, bounded by Mid­dle­wood Road to the east - has been added in.

Around 30pc of the homes would be ‘af­ford­able,’ ac­cord­ing to the plan, in­clud­ing older peo­ple’s hous­ing and cus­tom-build.

Hyde Bank Mead­ows

Plans to de­liver 250 new homes on green space neigh­bour­ing Cherry Tree in Romi­ley - in­clud­ing Tang­shutt Fields - have been tabled.

Bor­dered by the rail­way line to the south, the de­vel­op­ment would be ac­cessed off Gother­age Lane, ac­cord­ing to the plan, along with ‘com­pre­hen­sive traf­fic calm­ing’ on the Cherry Tree es­tate.

Around 30pc of the homes would be ‘af­ford­able.’

This huge green belt site off the Hand­forth by­pass was an­other pro­posal to spark con­tro­versy in 2016 and has, again, been con­sid­er­ably scaled back.

Orig­i­nally ear­marked for 3,700 homes, the foot­print no longer stretches as far north, now more or less stop­ping at Wilm­slow Road’s junc­tion with Sy­dall Av­enue - mean­ing de­vel­op­ment is no longer pro­posed for the green space be­hind those res­i­den­tial streets.

The site no longer ex­pands across to the other side of the by­pass, ei­ther, hav­ing pre­vi­ously taken up a large patch of green fields north east of St James’s RC High, next to Smithy Green.

Un­der the lat­est plans, 30pc of the new homes would be af­ford­able, with a new ‘trans­port hub’ pro­posed for its heart - around which ‘higher den­sity’ hous­ing would be built.

Enough land would be left over to en­sure the ‘re­ten­tion and im­prove­ment’ of the used by the ad­ja­cent Seashell Trust school, it adds.

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