Gatley Golf Club consultation extended
Developer Hollins Strategic Land aims to gather more feedback from the public on its plans to create a 300-home community called Waterfall Brook on land at the golf club off Styal Road.
It then intends to submit a planning application to Stockport Council in the spring.
Hollins director Paul O’Shea said: “We believe our proposals present a real opportunity to improve access to green spaces, meet local housing needs and create a thriving, balanced neighbourhood incorporating a range of community facilities for local people.
“We are committed to listening to local people and bringing forward proposals that best suit local needs. As such, in response to feedback from the community, we have extended the period for feedback and would like to encourage those who have not yet shared their views to participate in the consultation.”
The consultation, which launched on 1 February, was due to end on Monday this week but the deadline for submitting comments has now been extended until 28 February.
Under the proposals, Hollins would build 300 homes on part of the nine-hole Gatley Golf Club located at Waterfall Farm on Styal Road. Half of the homes would be designated as affordable and others that would be targeted at older people looking to downsize, including bungalows and apartments.
At the heart of the development would be an ‘open-to-all’ community hub, created through retaining and enhancing a series of existing buildings and creating a neighbourhood centre with café, nursery, GP consultation area and flexible workspace. Among the buildings to be retained would be the Heald Green Theatre Company, which would be revamped to provide a range of social functions.
The proposed scheme also includes gardens for residents, areas of publicly accessible green open space and new pedestrian and cycle links to the surrounding areas. Access to the development would be from three locations: via the existing Pymgate Lane route to the west and new points at Grasmere Road and Troutbeck Road to the east.
O’Shea said when the proposals were first unveiled: “Our vision is to create a vibrant and accessible walkable neighbourhood that delivers homes for all and provides publicly accessible green spaces and community facilities for new and existing residents.
“We believe this presents an opportunity to deliver community cohesion by addressing shortfalls in specific local housing needs, while also delivering improved green infrastructure and benefits for the wider community.”