It won’t come as a surprise to many here in Hazel Grove that our retailers are experiencing some difficulties.
Stockport Council is preparing a new local plan at the moment – you can find out more about this at https://www.stockport.gov.uk/localplan. The purpose of the local plan is to make Stockport and the surrounding areas as prosperous as possible in several ways including health, education, jobs, housing and infrastructure.
One of the first stages is to produce an issues document. You can download the full issues document at https://www.stockport.gov.uk/get-involved-slp/issues-paper-sustainability-appraisal.
You can comment on the local plan issues document on the same page above. (It is a rather fiddly system to use but if you keeping selecting next page through the report you eventually get to the questions. You can then add comments for each question). There will also be opportunities to comment on the full plan later.
Part of the report is about our retail centres with Hazel Grove identified as one of those centres experiencing some difficulties. This is not a surprise with the main A6 through the town an ongoing problem of heavy traffic, noise and pollution – not the best combination for a busy high street.
Most people would agree that taking a lot of the through traffic off the A6 onto a bypass would help a lot – something also covered in the local plan under transport and infrastructure. The bypass is part of the proposed next stage of the Greater Manchester SEMMMS traffic strategy – to continue the new road to the Airport over to Bredbury and the M60. The bypass part of the scheme is a spur off this new proposed road going back to the A6 at Sainsbury’s and therefore allowing a lot of the traffic on the A6 to completely miss the centre of Hazel Grove.
A bigger vision for Stockport is to eventually pedestrianise some of the town centre but that heavily relies on major improvements to other roads and the A6 to Bredbury road, our Hazel Grove bypass, being built too.
There will also be some events where you can hear more about the local plan and give feedback. Details should appear at https://www.stockport.gov.uk/events/?tag=stockport%20local%20plan soon.