Heaton Mersey Site M20
Outline consent was secured in 2016 for the former golf driving range

Affordable resi set for Heaton Mersey golf site

Neil Tague

Plans by M20 Property for 106 homes at a former driving range on Harwood Road look set to go ahead.

The site, close to the Didsbury Road junction, comprises just short of 6.5 acres and formerly housed a driving range, built in the 1990s but disused since 2014.

M20’s proposal includes the demolition of the driving range’s buildings at the site, which is adjoined by Heaton Mersey Common, with housing and the Heaton Mersey Spots & Social Club also neighbouring. M20 secured an outline consent in 2016 for 75 homes at the site.

The developer is now seeking full consent for an extended scheme, including 79 houses – 20 two-bedroom, 52 three-bedroom and seven four-bedroom – and a three-storey block of 27 apartments, 12 of them two-bedroom and 15 three-bedroom.

The vast majority of the development, at 101 homes, would be classed as affordable, in a mix of affordable rent, social rent and shared ownership, with five homes being sold at market rate. At present, 54 homes would be shared ownership, 20 affordable rent and 27 social rent. According to planning documents, Great Places is in line to be the registered provider partnering with M20.

In all, 72 objections have been made by local residents, much relating to traffic and transport, however the highways officer, in a lengthy statement, supports the plans as sustainable.

Each house would have two parking spaces and each flat one space, in line with local planning policy.

The professional team on the project includes planner Ludlam Associates and architect Bernard Taylor Partnership. The plans are due to be considered at Stocport’s planning committee on 15 October, where they are recommended for approval subject to legal agreements.

M20 has built a reputation for canny development and investment work in recent years, selling a Manchester office portfolio to Boultbee Brooks in 2015 for £16m.

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In an age whereby it is more important than ever that natural habitat is allowed to thrive in order to survive extinction, the plans for this housing development is astounding. The effects open the neighbouring Heaton Mersey common during construction alone will be devastating for the current wildlife there. Not to mention the present wildlife on the proposed site plans. Why can’t developers transform areas where houses have been left into dereliction therefore not further eroding or impacting.upon the sparse green areas which are rapidly disappearing, I strongly object to this proposal having viewed the plans, the houses are crammed together like sardines and there is very little space for children to play on. 212 car parking places for residents only highlights the immense extra potential pollution from vehicles which will be in close vicinity to children at St John’s Primary school. I strongly urge the committee to reject these plans in the interests of the children, wildlife, pollution levels and the environmental issues a as a whole for this area, and not just see it as a profitable business transaction.

By Jennifer

This plan will destroy the small amount of open space in the Heatons, having a detrimental effect on the area. It will put more vehicles on the overcrowded roads, particularly Didsbury Road. It will inevitably add to the number of children fighting to get into our primary schools and subsequently into the only secondary school. Added to that it is well nigh impossible to get a doctor’s appointment already so we don’t need another few hundred people adding to the thousands already here. The newcomers will also find that there is no chance of getting a dentist in the locality. The local health services, schools, air quality and amenities will all be adversely affected if this plan is approved. Let common sense prevail for once.

By Val

It was a Golf Club previously? which approximately 1/3 of the site was open plan surface car park? how many spaces? so cars were present then and probably on a more frequent basis then parking your car on your drive. Besides was it acceptable to wallop golf balls towards Wildlife….presumably not but it happened. The site extents are not being extended so therefore no encroachment on to the existing woodland surrounding the site, presumably the construction traffic would have to use the already existing access route of the side road as it is not feasible to create any other form of access for construction traffic, and why would you? Yes accepted more people brings more children, so potentially a strain on the education facilities nearby which i accept and a plan to counter act this should be put forward definitely, but to let a previous commercial site remain derelict with more risk to neighbours and children from unstable structures and the risk of travellers pitching up makes absolutely no sense to leave it as it is. With regards Wildlife there is heaton mersey common for this, which is fantastic for nature and wildlife….

By Four!