Hilton sets sights on Stockport 

Create Developments has exchanged contracts with the local council to buy a plot of land next to the Redrock entertainment complex to deliver a 156-bedroom hotel. 

The Blackpool-based developer aims to submit a planning application to Stockport Council for the proposed Hampton by Hilton hotel before the end of the year, and would aim to start on site in the second quarter of 2022. 

The site of the hotel is currently used as a car park. Stockport Council confirmed to Place North West that it would replace the disabled parking spaces within the car park.

A statement from the authority said: “Parking spaces for permit and blue badge holders that may be lost as part of any redevelopment of the site will distributed between ‘on-street’ pay and display bays and additional spaces designated in the Merseyway and Redrock car parks.”

AEW Architects is leading on design and Iceni Projects is the planning consultant. 

The Bridgefield Street project is the latest to come forward from a partnership between Create and Hilton Hotels & Resorts that has already seen hotels delivered in Blackpool and Manchester, and planning approved granted for a third in Trafford. 

Paul Mathison, chief executive of Create, said: “This will be our fourth Hampton by Hilton hotel in the North West and will dovetail alongside existing hotels in the town centre. This project comes at an exciting period of growth alongside Stockport’s ambitious town centre regeneration plans.” 

Cllr David Meller, cabinet member for economy and regeneration at Stockport Council, added: “This is yet another endorsement of the confidence developers and investors have in Stockport.” 

“The hotel complements the Redrock leisure scheme and will further enhance the town’s long-term regeneration and growth aspirations.” 

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What ‘ plot ‘of land is this then. Are we going to lose the only disabled car park in that area???? Guess so.Good news for the disabled drivers as usual

By Barry

The car park is all wheelchair accessible spaces. Just goes to show that Stockport Council don’t give a damn about disabled people being able to access the town centre.

By G Barlow

So if I have my facts right this hotel is going to be on the disabled car park which has been absolutely fabulous for the likes of me and many others. Where when it happens will you make other facilities for the disabled people at ground floor level.

By Margaret Bailey

Using the disabled car park is a very bad idea. Surely there are other sites available

By GaynorH

I note previous comments and agree that the use of this disabled parking lot is thoughtless to say the least. Is Stockport Council going to provide alternate parking for disabled people.

By Olwen Unwin

So the beautiful view of Stockport from Heaton Norris Park is finally going to be blocked by a box. We have hotels in Stockport, we need houses or apartments. If you are building anything on the disabled car park let’s cast even more shadow on our town. We are not Blackpool, we are a little market town.

By Jackie wagg

How do you justify taking away a disabled car park that is REALLY needed to put up an eyesore of a hotel (that is NOT needed) alongside the other eyesores already present. Stockport has lost its heritage and independence which is such ashame as it used to be a thriving place .

By Debbie

Considering the Redrock entertainment complex and the approved hotel in Trafford, I have some real concerns for the street scene here. This has the potential of becoming the ugliest active frontage in Greater Manchester.

By Frank Lloyd Wrong

It was always the intention to build on this site and the carpark was only ever temporary. It isn’t all wheelchair accessible spaces as 5 of its 34 car spaces are for permit holders. It also has 11 motorcycle parking space – all clearly visible if you look on Google maps.
There are 60 disabled parking spaces in the NCP multistorey carpark on the same road. Fully accessible and free for up to 3 hours.

By two-step

Parking in the town centre is one of the main reasons not to go there, a 30 footfall was the result of redrock, this makes it even worse

By Andrew Morley

@two-step They really are not accessible in the NPC… from what I remember when we were forced to use it last time is that you need to go to the office to validate the blue badge which is along a very narrow path with guarding on one side and a wall on the other, and limited space to turn around. Then try to get a lift on a busy weekend is nigh impossible as lazy people can’t be bothered walking up the stairs. Just because they paint lines on the ground doesn’t mean they are accessible by any stretch of the imagination. The car park adjacent to the cinema is completely level access and with no intentional barriers to make it difficult to use for a disabled individual.

By Aevis

Hi folks! Just a heads up that the story has been updated with Stockport Council’s statement regarding the issue of disabled parking spaces. I’ll add it here too, just for ease: “Parking spaces for permit and blue badge holders that may be lost as part of any redevelopment of the site will be distributed between ‘on-street’ pay and display bays and additional spaces designated in the Merseyway and Redrock car parks.”

By Julia Hatmaker

What is needed is Merseyway levelling and turning into a leisure complex and waterside Park. Currently, it’s a waste of space, all phone and coffee shops with the mighty Primark as its flagship. Plenty of room here for a hotel and it could so easily be linked to the Underbanks and market social scene.

By Paul Longshaw

Good to see further investment in the retail core, and the diversification with new uses is really encouraging. Just hope that the planners insist on quality design as opposed to their ‘carbuncle of the year’ Redrock Project (which sets the town centre back years from a visual perspective).


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