Planning Officers Recommend Approval for McCarthy and Stone Development

After lengthy discussion and negotiation with McCarthy and Stone, planning officers are recommending that their plan for 40 new apartments on Commercial Road at the site of the former Royal Oak should be approved.

A strong argument for the plans were the need for housing generally especially given that Stockport’s housing plans are getting older and more likely to be challenged by developers.

Major factors in the negotiation were the loss of the recreational green space that was the bowling green behind the Royal Oak and a lack of affordable homes in the new building. To offset these requirements McCarthy and Stone will be required to pay substantial sums toward facilities at Torkington Park and alternative affordable housing elsewhere.

In the end, the application did not receive many objections from the public and the application will come before the Stepping Hill Area Committee for a recommendation by local councillors on the 10th July and the full planning meeting after that.

More details are in the agenda for the Area Committee on the council website: http://democracy.stockport.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=25550&x=1  Item 5 (i)

Royal Oak Planning Application

It has been a long time coming but June will finally bring the McCarthy and Stone planning application for the former Royal Oak site on Commercial Road to Area Committee.

Minor changes have been made to the design of the application to help meet planning officers concerns but it is not yet clear if all of issues that could stop the plans have been met.

The application can be seen on the Council’s website at: http://planning.stockport.gov.uk/PlanningData-live/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=neighbourComments&keyVal=P08J1SPJLSQ00

With the consultation period now closed, interestingly it appears that only four members of the public have put in objections to the plans while eight people have offered supportive comments.

Some of the major areas of contention with the design that are relevant to a planning decision are:

  • The physical size of the new building with 40 units  – is it out of place or overdevelopment or perhaps much welcomed new homes (that potentially frees up bigger homes as older people downsize)
  • The loss of the green space, the old bowling green behind the pub.  If this is accepted there is a standard national formula for compensation that the developer would have to pay the council to invest in other green space nearby.
  • More traffic on Commercial Road !   Given the already very heavy traffic on Commercial Road this is worrying but given the average age of residents in McCarthy and Stone developments this might actually add less traffic at busy periods than the previous planning application for a dozen new houses.

Council officers advice will be vital, as to whether the application has met legal requirements, but it is certainly not clear cut and could come down to individual councillor opinions.

Redrock Cinema Complex Opens in Stockport

Stockport’s new Redrock cinema complex opened this week. The Light have opened a ten screen cinema. There are a range of restaurants either open already or coming soon include Zizzi, Pizza Express, Gourmet Burger Company and Loungers. A gym opens in January and the new car park – accessible directly from the A6 for the first time – is open for business too.

Redrock is a great addition to Stockport, putting the cinema and restaurants right in the heart of the town for the first time. A new public square connects them to Merseyway and through there to the Old Town. The Light is a different kind of cinema – plush, reclining seats are just part of the offer.

Redrock, which has all-party support at the Council, isn’t costing taxpayers any money. It’s an investment in the town which is expected to either break even or deliver a profit to council taxpayers. The old Cineworld cinema near the station will soon be demolished and replaced with Grade A offices, adding to the successful Stockport Exchange development.

“More people are coming into Stockport now.  There are new restaurants, Foodie Friday and the hotels are full; Stockport is changing. We are proud of what the Lib Dems have done to improve Stockport over the last few years. There is more to be done, but we’re making good progress.” said Cllr Jon Twigge

10 Screen Cinema Opens in Stockport Late November

Excitement continues to build around Stockport’s newest leisure destination, Redrock, as the opening in November draws closer.

The Light Cinema and Redrock Stockport are gearing up for opening.   The fit out work on The Light Cinema has begun, bringing a state of the art 10 screen cinema to Stockport town centre in just a few weeks.

Priding themselves on treating every single one of their guests like a VIP, The Light will take cinema viewing in Stockport to a new level. Visitors will be able relax and enjoy the latest blockbusters, independent and international films as well as live opera, theatre and pop concerts from around the globe from the comfort of The Light.

“We are really looking forward to opening in Stockport. Customers are at the heart of The Light and we want everyone to have a trip to the cinema they will remember from the moment they step through our doors. It is not just about the film – it is about the place, the environment, the accessibility and the service. We aim to make all people feel they belong. Redrock is an exciting new destination and we are delighted to be part of it,” commented Mike Thomson, Commercial Director, The Light Cinemas.

The Light will be joined at Redrock by Zizzi and Pizza Express with Gourmet Burger Kitchen and others to follow, making the new leisure development a great place to visit and meet up with friends and family in the heart of Stockport.

The opening of The Light in late November comes as Cineworld prepare to close their doors in Stockport Exchange. The closure of Cineworld will make way for the next phase of hugely successful Stockport Exchange. Stockport Exchange has already brought over 250 jobs into Stockport town centre and the development of the new office building as part of phase 3 will add another 200 jobs to this number as the transformation of the area continues.

Hazel Grove Gardening Club Show

Organised by Hazel Grove and District Gardening Club, the 30th Annual Horticultural show takes place on Saturday 12th August 2017 at Hazel Grove Methodist Church, Wesley Street, Hazel Grove, SK7 4JQ.
Open for public viewing from 1pm – 3.30pm. Adults 50p accompanied children free. Trophies awarded at 3.30pm.
Plants for sale, raffle and refreshments.
Classes: floral art, flowers, fruit, vegetables, cookery & photography
For further information visit the website: Click Here

Hazel Grove Retail Experiencing Some Difficulties – The Local Plan

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.

 

Summer Activities in Stockport

Stockport Homes is working in partnership with Life Leisure, SAVVY, Equity Housing and Stockport County to run a variety of sessions for children across the summer holidays.

There’s a lot happening to cater for families and children as well as volunteering opportunities for young people over 13.

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Don’t Miss Hazel Grove Carnival This Weekend!

Celebrating 40 Years of this Amazing Community Event

The Theme This Year is……. The ’70s!

More information here Hazel Grove Carnival 2017

Saturday, 15th July 2017

Funfair & Events from 10:00am @ Torkington Park – Hazel Grove

Parade Starts 11:30am @ Highfield Road – Hazel Grove

Our council candidate Paul Ankers will be helping out ! See if you can spot him!
This is what Paul Ankers looks like - come and say hello!