Hollins hopeful of Gatley Golf Club approval
Stockport Council’s planning officers have recommended the developer’s 278-home proposal gets the green light next week.
Hollins Strategic Land wants to redevelop the 44-acre Gatley Golf Club off Styal Road and first lodged plans for the scheme in 2021.
The developer is hoping Stockport Council’s planning committee agrees with the authority’s planning department that, on balance, the delivery of 278 homes – would outweigh the harm caused by the loss of 16.5 acres.
Around half of the homes would be available on affordable tenures.
Paul O’Shea, director at Hollins Strategic Land, said: “The ambition from the very beginning was to create a community-led development that delivers a vibrant, walkable neighbourhood for its future residents.”
The scheme has not been universally popular and various tweaks have been made as a result of conversations with locals.
“The feedback we have received from local people has been listened to and informed a number of improvements to the application, which we are delighted has been recommended for approval,” O’Shea added.
“These proposals will address the local housing need whilst delivering a wide variety of community benefits and we are excited to move into the next chapter of the story”.
As well as a mix of one- to four-bedroom homes, the scheme features allotments, tennis courts, and a community hub in the clubhouse building.
Overall, more than 26 acres of the former golf club will be transformed into publicly accessible space.
Subject to planning approval, Hollins will sign a Section 106 Agreement to provide a £2m contribution towards education provision in the local area.
Broadway Malyan is the masterplan architect for the 44-acre site, which currently houses a privately owned nine-hole golf club. BM heads a professional team that includes Nexus Planning, Croft, Tyler Grange, UCML, Professional Consult, and Brownfield Solutions.