While planning for the A6-M60 Bypass continues behind closed doors at Stockport Town Hall, a new threat to the Green Belt has burst out of the back rooms of municipal offices.
The Combined Greater Manchester Authorities have produced a massive building plan for 225,000 homes. In Stockport all four sites totalling 12,000 homes across the south of the Borough are close to the A6-Airport-M56 road now being built, which would connect to a future A6-M60 Bypass .
- Woodford 2,400 homes
- High Lane 4,000 homes (see map, and photo of Windlehurst Road)
- Cheadle Hulme/Heald Green 3,700 homes
- Heald Green 2,000 homes
There would also be a Green Belt extension of Bredbury industrial park into the Tame Valley.
Timeline for 12,000-home development
To Dec 23 Devo Manc consultation. Stockport Council may also be discussing the plan.
- From now Stockport Council planners work on Master Plan for the sites covering transport and other services
- June/July ’17 final proposals followed by six-week consultation
- Later in ‘17 plans submitted to Sec of State
- Early 2018 Ministerial evaluation (Greater Manchester-wide), a public check that the procedures followed by the local authorities were correct on eg evidence and consultation (Cheshire East’s evaluation has been going for three years)
- 2018-19 The final plan must be unanimously adopted by 10 council leaders (in Stockport’s case this may mean all three parties because of no overall control).
- ???? Planning applications to follow and go through SMBC Planning Committee.
The Stockport Master Plan will set out services and mitigation measures which the developers must fund. If the developers can no longer make enough profit as a result, the development could be taken forward through compulsory purchase. Large sites are favoured because they should yield money to pay to upgrade services for the sites.
SMBC says there are too few brownfield sites for the housing required. Nevertheless there are some.
Part of the problem is the legal framework for planning set by Central Government, which gives private developers too much clout. The local authorities need to have a housing plan to protect themselves from developers’ demands to build almost anywhere. To defend against developers’ lawyers, Devo Manc is using a calculation for growth in housing demand which may be excessive.
The Greater Manchester draft plan and consultation is at https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/info/20081/vision_and_draft_strategic_options
Stop the Bypass to stop the High Lane scheme
The High Lane 4,000-homes development would depend on the planned A6-M60 Bypass to “mitigate” the impact of the new housing on local traffic. Unbelievably, the development is supposed to be planned to have no adverse effects on the locality (apart from destroying fine rolling fields and Green Belt!). But according to a manager from SMBC Planning Department, without the Bypass, it would be near to impossible to design the development to deliver what they would consider to be a neutral effect on transport .
If you want to stop the housing scheme – support the campaign against the A6-M60 Bypass, and vice versa!