January 8, 2019
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.