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Mayoral Development Corporation – Regenerating Stockport’s Town Centre West

Transformation in Stockport could be taken to the next level when Greater Manchester leaders meet on Friday (11th January). It comes as Stockport Council works with the Mayor, Andy Burnham, to develop Greater Manchester’s first Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC), which will look to unlock development sites and accelerate the speed of transformation within Stockport’s Town Centre. Key to this is Stockport Council’s vision for Town Centre West, an urban village that would adapt the town centre to meet changing demands nationally. As a walkable neighbourhood in the heart of Stockport, it’s hoped that Town Centre West will become Greater Manchester’s newest, greenest and coolest affordable urban neighbourhood. It will provide a choice of homes and workspace where residents and business will have enviable access to public transport and be amongst the best connected in the region. And as Stockport’s popularity as somewhere to live grows, the Council is doing all it can to maximise development of new homes on brownfield sites across the borough, with developments like the Former Sorting Office site on the A6 already planned to start on site soon. This means Stockport has significantly reduced the amount of land they need to release for development in the Green Belt. At the same time the Council wants to bring new homes across all tenures, and all of the supporting amenities, into the town centre, giving more people the chance to come and live in the heart of Stockport to enjoy everything on offer. Councillor Kate Butler, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration said: “We need to bring new homes into Stockport for the future, but are doing all we can to protect our borough’s green spaces. The Mayoral Development Corporation will help drive these developments shaping the future of our town. “As these plans for the MDC develop, we’d like residents and businesses to have their say for how it would bring change to our town centre.” If consultation for the MDC is given the go-ahead by leaders at the meeting on Friday, residents and businesses will be able to have their say on these important documents. An online consultation will also be launched asking for your views on the MDC, as well as writing to all of the businesses in the Town Centre West area. To get involved in the MDC consultation visit.

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The ‘Stockport revolution’: The developments that will transform the town in 2019

With so much ongoing and in the pipeline for Stockport, you may find it useful to have a read through this summary article which includes a list of developments expected in 2019.

It is certainly set to be an exciting year in Stockport with it’s landscape due to change dramatically with new developments such as Piccadilly View and the former sorting office

Read the full article from the Manchester Evening News here

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Coming Soon – The Stunning Cherry Tree House Development

A beautiful new development of 24 luxury finished, one and two bedroom apartments. The development is made from the conversion of the beautiful former Cherry Tree Hospital building plus a complete new build section to the rear. It will be finished to a very high standard by local and reputable developer, Urbanize Homes.

The development is due to be complete in June 2019 with prices starting from £150,000.

Call 0161 474 8660 or e-mail me at andrew@julianwadden.co.uk to register your interest.

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Stockport’s Ice Sculpture Trail – Saturday 22nd December!

On Saturday 22nd December 10 Giant Ice Sculptures will create the first ever Stockport Ice Trail. With a live giant being carved out of the biggest ice cube you will have ever seen! Ten giant ice sculptures will form an Ice Trail around the town centre at St Peter’s Square, Mersey Square, Merseyway, Suffragette Square at Redrock, Peel Centre, Market Place, Stockport Exchange, Great Underbank and at Warren Street.Follow the ice trail to see what the letters spell!!With late night shopping and free car parking* you can sure of a warm and icy welcome in Stockport this Christmas.

Find out more at: www.stockportchristmas.co.uk

To register for your free car parking pass visit: www.totallyfreeparking.co.uk Ice Sculpture Trails – Saturday 15th December Live carving of an Angel Rudolph Antlers and nose – photo opportunity Penguin Grinch Polar Bear Elf with toy Gingerbread Man Arctic ExplorerSantaIce Sculpture Trails – Saturday 22nd December Live carving of a Unicorn Ice wings – photo / opportunity Reindeer Olaf Killer Whale Seal Frog Tinkerbell Christmas Tree Knut-cracker

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IS THE UK BECOMING A HAPPIER PLACE TO LIVE?

  • There are many factors that influence our quality of life and well-being. In 2010, the ONS started the ‘Measuring National Well-being’ (MNW) programme in order to have a standardised monitor of well-being. The latest bulletin was published on 28th November 2018.
  • At a national level, previous research has shown that how people view their health is the most important factor, followed by employment status and relationship status. At a local level, a wide range of local conditions can affect people’s well-being, with housing affordability a key issue. In particular where local house prices are too high relative to incomes, thereby preventing prospective buyers from getting on to the housing ladder and they subsequently remain in rented accommodation.
  • Comparing June 2017 with June 2018 there were no significant changes to personal well-being measures (life satisfaction, feeling that things done in life are worthwhile, happiness and anxiety) in the UK, or indeed across any of its countries. Also, fewer people reported low happiness ratings and more people reported very low anxiety ratings.
  • The positive changes in well-being across the UK may be influenced by the improvement in economic indicators during the 12 months, such as the unemployment rate which was at its lowest level between April and June 2018 since the period from December 1974 to February 1975, at 4%. Also, average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain increased by 2.7%, in nominal terms, compared with a year earlier. However, in June 2018, the rate of annual house price growth was also at its lowest level since August 2013, at 3%.
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Plans submitted for new employment regeneration scheme in Stockport

PJD Properties have submitted a planning application for 5 light industrial B1/B8 (trade counter) units totalling just under 13,000 sq ft on a 1.26 acre site located on the edge of Stockport town centre. The 1.26 acre site is located at the corner of Chestergate and King Street West. The site, which was acquired in the 1970’s, and previously housed Chestergate Mill until its demolition in 2009, is currently used for car sales, with a children’s play centre occupying a warehouse at the front of the site. Plans submitted allow for five units, ranging in size from 1,880 sq ft to 4,000 sq ft, with up to 59 car parking spaces. A sensitive design and landscape solution has evolved out of Pozzoni Architects and Square Yard working closely with Steven Levrant Heritage Architecture; a team led by J10 Planning, with agency advice provided by Avison Young. Mentor House, which fronts King Street West opposite Weir Mill in a corner of the site will be retained due to its protected “locally listed” status but does offer another opportunity. Mark Davies, Director at PJD Property, said: “The site has changed considerably over the last five decades and whilst we have considered many alternative uses none of these have been found to be viable. I believe that the proposals will secure its redevelopment for a sustainable employment generating use. It’s in a great location, minutes away from Stockport town centre, the rail station with direct access to the M60 and the A6. “I am confident there will be a lot of interest in the units and I am prepared to speculatively develop the site given the demand for this scale of unit and location.”

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HOW MUCH?! 2018’S RECORD BREAKING LUXURY ITEMS, IN HOUSES

  • A number of UK average-priced homes could be bought for the price of some of 2018’s record-breaking, luxury items.
  • In October, a 73-year old French Burgundy wine became the world’s most expensive bottle ever sold. The value of just one bottle could purchase nearly two houses in the UK. For car enthusiasts, the costs go higher. The record-breaking sale of a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, was equal to the purchase price of 213 UK homes.
  • Yorkshire born David Hockney broke the record for the highest priced work of art sold by a living artist this month, with a price tag equivalent to 286 UK properties. A month earlier a pink diamond smashed the record for the highest price per carat of any diamond ever sold.
  • In property terms, London’s One Hyde Park penthouse remains the most expensive property recorded as ‘sold’ in 2018. It equates to 655 average-priced homes across England and Wales.
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Piccadilly View – Planning approved on this stunning £30m Town Centre development

I am delighted to announce that we have been instructed as selling agents on this stunning new Town Centre development.

Local developer Sal Arya, of Urbanize Homes, have appointed CPUK to build their brand new 13 storey, 164 apartment building on the former Greenhale House site. The project was given the go-ahead last week by Stockport’s planning committee, with builders due onsite in April 2019.  

The plans for the site include 78 one-beds, 84 two-beds, and two three-bedroom penthouse apartments in a 13-storey block along with a commercial unit at ground floor; this is likely to be occupied by a coffee shop. Nine of the apartments are to be affordable, in line with Stockport’s planning policy.

We are taking enquiries immediately. If you are interested and would like further information then please contact me at andrew@julianwadden.co.uk

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