Second public consultation to be held for Stockport 8

Stockport MDC and the JV between Homes England, Legal & General and Muse is set to hold a second public consultation for Stockport 8.

Stockport MDC and ECF have released the dates for the next public consultations for the Stockport 8 plans | Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) | ECF | Homes England | Legal & General | Muse | BTR News
Stockport MDC and ECF have released the dates for the next public consultations for the Stockport 8 plans.

Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) and ECF – a joint venture between Homes England, Legal & General and Muse – has announced that it has launched a second community conversation on the £250m plans for the mixed-use Stockport 8 residential neighbourhood to the west of Stockport town centre.

It is envisaged that the development will include a mix of tenures including Build to Rent, affordable homes and open market sale, which provide several investment opportunities.

Located on land either side of King Street West and next to the iconic railway viaduct, Stockport 8 will be one of the largest developments within the 130-acre Town Centre West masterplan, which will see the delivery of 4,000 new homes, local amenities, green spaces, new workspace and radical transport improvements.

Stockport 8 will comprise a diverse mix of up to 1,200 energy efficient homes with spaces for businesses and community uses at ground floor level, which complement the existing town centre offering. Supporting this will be the creation of inclusive public spaces around the viaduct with a new public square that can host markets and live events.

The development has been designed to be ‘walkable’ for residents, with a clear emphasis on connection to the local area. However, residential car parking, car clubs, electric vehicle charging and plenty of cycle parking will be available on-site.

“Delivering long-term value for local communities is central to our ambitions for Town Centre West and Stockport’s wider transformation, which means ongoing conversations with residents are a crucial part of building the most sustainable and liveable town centre in the UK.

“The first phase of community engagement on Stockport 8 has been crucial in shaping the future of the development, ensuring that the culture and people of Stockport are reflected in what will be the largest site within the overall regeneration plans.”

Eamonn Boylan, Interim Chair, Stockport MDC

Centred around new public spaces to bring the community together, alongside improvements to the environment around the busy and vital road network that runs through this part of Stockport, the development will enhance the environment for people to socialise and relax. The scheme intends on celebrating Stockport’s rich heritage and character with a plan to reintroduce the historic street pattern and street names.

CGI image of the Stockport 8 development | Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) | ECF | Homes England | Legal & General | Muse | BTR News
CGI image of the Stockport 8 development.

A pedestrian-only street and green ‘spine’ running through Stockport 8 will connect the new public square and a children’s play space behind Hollywood Park Nursery School. Residential courtyards and areas for green roofs to the buildings will also provide a home for wildlife and support MDC and ECF’s ESG commitments.

New first look images and an updated masterplan for Stockport 8 have been revealed, following feedback from the first conversation earlier this year, which saw over 300 responses from local people and businesses.

The Stockport 8 scheme is central to the wider £1bn investment currently being delivered across the town centre and is at the heart of the £500m Stockport MDC Town Centre West masterplan, which will transform Stockport into the most sustainable, liveable town centre in the region over the next decade.

“We met and listened to hundreds of local people as part of the first conversation earlier this year. There was a lot of support for providing green and outdoor spaces, alongside a mix of new homes to suit everyone.

“We also heard loud and clear how important it is to celebrate Stockport’s rich heritage and unique character. We’re going to be back out in the local community over the next few weeks to share some of the key themes from the feedback and show how the plans have evolved.

“Our aim has always been to create a thriving, inclusive neighbourhood that will deliver the needs of Stopfordians now, and for generations to come, so we’re excited to share the revised plans with local people and businesses and get their views.”

Joe Stockton, Senior Development Manager, ECF

MDC and ECF have released a timetable for its upcoming consultations and alternative ways the public can have their say on the Stockport 8 scheme. A drop-in session will be held on Saturday 20 July 2024 from 10am to 3pm at Merseyway Shopping Centre, 54 Great Underbank, SK1 1PD or on Thursday 1 August 2024 from 12pm to 5pm outside Edgeley Co-op, 84 Castle St, Edgeley, SK3 9AL.

The public can sign up for an online Q&A and complete an online questionnaire at www.Stockport8.co.uk on Tuesday 23 July 2024 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, where they can learn more about the revised plans and ask the project team questions. A freepost questionnaire in the newsletter being delivered locally in July can also be filled in.

The full team behind Stockport 8 is made up of Stockport MDC, ECF, architect shedkm, landscape architects Planit, the planning team from Deloitte, project manager Walker Sime and engagement specialist Font Comms.