The Lib Dems have submitted our response to the first stage of Stockport’s Local Plan consultation.
“At the heart of the Lib Dem response is a two stage approach to house-building across the next 20 years – brownfield in the first years and green belt only later, if at all.
“Major changes in the UK due to Brexit and new transport technologies including driverless cars may mean we never need to release those Green Belt areas that the GMSF proposed to give away forever” said Cllr Jon Twigge.
“Everyone knows we need infrastructure to be in place for new homes, but often it does not happen. The A6 through Hazel Grove is already heavily congested and it can only get worse with a lot more housing before we get a bypass,” Jon added.
For a lot more detail and our reasoning behind the two stage planning you can see the Lib Dem response here.
This is the first of three consultations on the Local Plan. The next stage is for the Council to work up the details of what is being proposed where. That means that we’ll be seeing specific proposals for where homes should be built, along with all the other parts of the plan.
The Council is inviting residents to join the conversation on the Stockport Local Plan, a plan for the future of the borough through to 2035.
There are big challenges and opportunities facing the borough. People are concerned about housing, both in terms of numbers and where they are built. We also know that while Stockport is a well-connected place, our roads are often very congested.
It’s not just about housing, jobs and transport though. People rely on services such as health, education, shops and enjoying our green places and spaces.
The Local Plan will set the rules for development and land uses which will have an impact on the way we live and work in the future.
You can take part in the consultation by coming along to one of our public drop-in events or by responding online.
Stepping Hill Area, Monday 25th September From 6pm to 8.30pm at Hazel Grove Civic Hall, London Road, Stockport, SK7 4DF;
Cheadle Area, Thursday 28th September From 6pm to 8.30pm at Kingsway School, Foxland Road, Stockport, SK8 4QX.
Following our Streetlight campaign last Autumn, Stockport Council is in the process to install a complete set of LED lighting in Hazel Grove.
Last Autumn, local campaigner Paul Ankers & Cllr Jon Twigge reported about 40 failing streetlights and there are similar numbers across Stockport. Paul said, “Our street lights are inadequate and an embarrassment. This is much needed.”
The whole programme will take 5 years to implement & Cllr Jon Twigge wants Hazel Grove to get them first.
Cllr Twigge said, “Our ward needs to be put first by the Town Hall for once & this is an ideal opportunity. Some of our lights fail again and again.”
Cllr Jon Twigge says “The new report into the A6 to Bredbury road says that average traffic speed in Stockport can be less than ten miles an hour for much of the day. More houses means more traffic and the A6 in Hazel Grove is already bursting at the seams!”
Traffic from houses proposed by GMSF around High Lane would use the overcrowded A6
Here in Hazel Grove we agree with Jane Brophy who has demanded green spaces in Greater Manchester are protected. She said: “The Government and Greater Manchester Combined Authority must work together to ensure no more houses are built on our precious greenbelt.
“We are destroying our green spaces and depriving our children of the areas to grow and play in.”
Before we open up the greenbelt for development we must bring every empty home back into use, develop every old mill building, empty warehouse, factory, brownfield space and derelict piece of land. Only when all that is truly done should we consider moving onto the greenbelt.
The Council have a fancy name for it, the Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP), but basically this means making sure that any off road paths, including those in parks, are meeting the public’s needs.
A path in Torkington Park
This plan has to be reviewed regularly and the first part of the latest review is to ask everyone how they use our local paths. This is done online in a short survey that only takes a few minutes.
Please help Stockport to update its plans by filling in the survey. The consultation will run to the 17th of February.