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.