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.”