• Closeness to work is often cited as a key determining factor for tenants in selecting rental accommodation
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Produce Hall coming on nicely and due to open soon!

Photographs have been released highlighting the significant changes to Stockport’s much anticipated Produce Hall.

Scheduled to open at the end of March 2019, the Produce Hall will offer the people of Stockport a variety of food and drink products in a modern, shared space, environment.

Photograph curtesy of Stop in Stockport who are also offering you and three friends the chance to visit the Produce Hall before its official opening – visit their Facebook page.

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Stockport Author Is Set For Hollywood!

You may have read in the newspapers – both national and local – over the last couple of weeks, the story about the mystery millionaire who has written the book Giving Away My Millions in which he tells of how he gives money at random to complete strangers and how he has so far given away over £2 million. However what you may not know is that he was assisted in writing the book by a writer from Stockport after their chance meeting on a pay and display car park in Oxfordshire at the beginning of last year.

The mystery millionaire who used the pseudonym ‘Tom Jones’ to pen the book asked Nick Fisher – an amateur writer from Reddish – if he could give him a pound because he’d forgotten his wallet and didn’t have any change for a ticket, and after Nick kindly gave him a pound coin, in return, Tom gave Nick two fifty pound notes and his pound coin back! It transpired that this was one of Tom’s ‘tests’ he sometimes does and then rewards people for their kindness. Nick eventually tracked Tom down after jotting down his number plate as he drove off and after contacting him to thank him for the £100 he gave him the idea for the book came about. The book’s publisher’s and Tom’s representatives have now been contacted by producers at Warner Bros’ in Hollywood who want to convert the book into a film and have asked Nick to be involved with writing the script, with Liam Neeson earmarked to play the part of ‘Tom’. So with a bit of luck Stockport could end up being home to an Oscar winner!

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  • Close to one in three home hunters know the specific house or street they want to live in before starting a property search, according to new research by Zoopla
  • Londoners are most likely to have a definite idea of location, virtually half (48%) have a specific street or house in mind. This compares to less than one in five across Wales and the South West
  • If it’s not a specific street, then it’s most likely house hunters have an idea of what town they have in mind. A third of house hunters across the East of England, East Midlands, South East and Wales know which town or town(s) are of interest
  • With just one in sixteen prospective home hunters having no clue as to their location of choice, as an agent, knowing the ins and outs of your local area is critical
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Coming very soon – Cherry Tree House

I was lucky enough to take a tour around the stunning Cherry Tree House development last week. The conversion of the old hospital is coming on well and the foundations are in on the new build section – it is shaping up to be a truly stunning project!

You can register your interest now by e-mailing me at We are expecting full pricing, measurements and floorplans to be released at the end of February/start of March, with a completion date estimated at August 2019.

See more here…

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Could this be your next big investment?

Currently on the market with MBRE is this locally listed building. The development has planning in place (Part refurbishment/part new build) to convert to 14 apartments over three floors (9x one bedroom and 5x two bedroom) with three commercial units reserved for the ground floor.

Located in the heart of Stockport town centre fronting the Wellington Bridge/main A6 adjacent to the new £85M proposed bus depot redevelopment – this could be a very shrewd investment.  

See the full listing here…

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Stockport to Benefit from Mayoral Development Corporation

The Mayor is to work with Stockport Council to bring forward a Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) for the town which will look to unlock development sites and accelerate the speed of transformation within Stockport’s Town Centre. It is the first time MDC powers have been used to regenerate a 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, new homes on brownfield sites across the borough become a priority, 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.

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.

Greater Manchester’s Plan for Jobs, Homes and the Environment – the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) – has been radically rewritten and the net loss of green belt has been reduced by more than half.

At the same time, leaders are also focusing on: plans for transport links for people to get around the city-region improvements to the environment to clean up our air, and new opportunities for people to access great jobs by attracting the best companies and building our citizens’ skills.

The Mayor said: “In this time of national social and economic uncertainty, and with politics in Westminster paralysed by Brexit, Greater Manchester is taking the initiative and setting out an innovative blueprint to give people, communities and businesses hope and confidence for the future. “When we consulted people on the first spatial framework, the public were clear that we hadn’t got the balance right. We listened, reflected, and can now present a radical re-write as promised. It also lays the foundations for radical reform in other policy areas such as housing, the environment and transport. “Together, we are harnessing the full power of the most advanced devolution deal of any city-region in England for the benefit of our three million residents. And we are putting together the pieces of the jigsaw to reveal the big picture – a Greater Manchester where prosperity, opportunity, health, hope and happiness are widely and fairly shared across all our people and places.”

As demonstrated over Christmas, towns across the country are struggling under an old model as hotspots for shopping and commerce with footfall declining and consumers instead opting to shop online. Greater Manchester’s planned reinvention of these well-developed and well-connected urban spaces ushers in a bold new era for swathes of the city-region.

“The shift towards redeveloping our towns not only breathes new life into them but also relieves pressure to build on the city-region’s green belt,” the Mayor added. “Towns are ideally suited to a bold new future as centres for 21st century living – they are developed urban spaces with local amenities close by as well as existing transport hubs for our buses, trams, trains and roads. “It is a tough time for the high-street, but with Greater Manchester’s bold vision we can make our proud towns a success story once again.”

Transport is at the heart of the city-region’s ongoing success. Greater Manchester’s 2040 Transport Strategy Delivery Plan sets out all the transport improvements to be implemented by 2025, as well as longer-term plans that will in part ensure the success of the GMSF. The transport plan identifies more than 65 projects that will be completed within the next five years, including a £160m new walking and cycling infrastructure across all 10 districts, expanding the city-region’s electric vehicle charging network and the new interchange in Stockport. Greater Manchester’s vision is that by 2040, half of all daily trips in Greater Manchester will be made by public transport, cycling and walking, especially those shorter journeys around local neighbourhoods. This will mean a million more trips each day using sustainable modes of travel. Poor air quality is now the biggest environmental risk to public health facing the UK, and Greater Manchester has been working hard for some time to clean up our air. A coordinated plan to bring levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) within legal limits is currently being developed by all 10 local authorities in Greater Manchester, working closely with GMCA and TfGM.

Andy added: “As we outline the city-region’s new plans for homes and jobs, transport infrastructure, clean air and the environment, I want to highlight Greater Manchester’s commitment to putting people at the heart of everything we do. We are a city-region with a radical spirit in our DNA – we have always delivered industrial innovations whilst never forgetting the people that power that economy. “Greater Manchester’s Plan for Jobs, Homes and the Environment is a plan for the people, set to make Greater Manchester the very best place to grow up, get on and grow old.”

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Hats off to Helen!

Helen Pidd, Editor for the North of England at The Guardian, has been granted permission my The Hatworks Museum, Stockport to put a hat on top of it’s chimney, in celebration of its 20th birthday next year.

Helen is in the process of putting a group together who will bring this idea to life through fundraising and the generosity of the local community.

I can’t wait to see it come to life!

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Team named for Stockport Town Centre West

Optimised Environments has been appointed to work alongside Cushman & Wakefield and WSP on the creation of a masterplan for 3,000 homes to the west of Stockport town centre. The strategic regeneration framework is part of work to support the creation of the town’s Mayoral Development Corporation as announced by Mayor Andy Burnham earlier this month, focusing development on the 130 acres of brownfield land to the west of the town. According to Cushman & Wakefield, the vision is to “establish the area as Greater Manchester’s newest, greenest, and coolest affordable urban neighbourhood” which would become “the jewel in the crown” of the City Region. The council had previously worked with CBRE to draw up a feasibility study for the establishment of an MDC, while the consultant had also contributed towards the housing proposals in a report published in April last year. The proposal to establish the MDC is currently out to public consultation, while the draft framework will be consulted on by Stockport Council in spring 2019.

Cllr Kate Butler, Stockport Council’s cabinet member for economy and regeneration said: “Stockport’s Town Centre West is an exceptionally well-connected area with tremendous regeneration potential. We need to bring new homes into Stockport for the future while doing all we can to protect our Borough’s green spaces. The Strategic Regeneration Framework for Town Centre West is a key part of that approach and will set out an ambitious vision for how we can work together with landowners, developers and investors, the Greater Manchester Mayor, Homes England, and the wider public and private sectors to help the area reach its potential.”

Caroline Baker, head of Cushman & Wakefield’s Manchester Office who is leading the consultants team said: “The Council has already led the way in the transformation of the town’s office and leisure offer and we are thrilled to be supporting them now to focus on transforming the residential offer.”

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Manchester Print Fair comes to Stockport’s Hatworks Museum

There will be over 30 makes on Saturday 2nd February at Stockport’s Hatworks Museum.

With @fwdead – a surrealist artist taking influence from graffiti, street art and pop culture. Using a mix of graphic design and brush work, the pieces are full of wit, wonder and lowbrow humour

Find out more here…

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