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The reworked site will house 10 office units, and 21 industrial. Credit: planning documents

Light industrial added to Hazel Grove scheme

Updated proposals have been filed with Stockport Council for a mixed-use commercial scheme at Pepper Road.

Broadgrove Planning & Development is working with the applicant, Pepper Works Too. The scheme is an updated version of an office-led project approved in 2020 at what is an established business centre.

The site is 4.9 acres in total and is partly taken up by Pepper House, a 1980s office building which has more recently been in use as a business centre, café, and roller skating rink.

The plans involve the part-demolition of Pepper House and refurbishment of a remaining block along with new development. In all, there will be 10 office units of 1,500 sq ft to 2,000 sq ft in two terraces and five industrial blocks containing 21 general/light industrial units. There will also be a business hub.

If approved, the site will house 65,506 sq ft of business space in total, around 30,000 sq ft more than at present.

In a design and access statement, Jonathan Davidson Architects said: “The overall objective for the development is to respond to market demand to create a mix of commercial uses including self-contained business units suitable for small and emerging businesses who are seeking their own premises for rent or purchase, plus a range of general/light industrial units of variable sizes.

“This will involve demolition and replacement of the existing brick building, refurbishment and extension of the existing industrial unit plus the development of the existing parking area to provide new office and light industrial units. To facilitate the development a new site entrance and vehicle circulation route will be created allowing vehicular access to the north and west of the site.”

JDA said that as the café currently on site is popular with the wider business park community, a successor operation will be accommodated in the business hub. The more “active” office uses are located towards the site entrance.

The professional team also includes transport consultant SK, WML Consulting on flood risk, DEP Landscape Architecture and Watt Energy & Consulting Engineers.

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The plans from Jonathan Davidson Architects show new build and existing buildings used. Credit: planning documents

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