The Woodlands, Heaton Mersey 2
The project is due to be completed by the end of this year

Gladman progresses Stockport retirement flats

Sarah Townsend

Construction has kicked off at The Woodlands, a 63-unit community in Heaton Mersey being delivered by the developer’s Adlington Retirement Living brand.

Gladman Homes, a strategic land promoter and developer based in Congleton, lodged its plans for the site in 2019 and aims to complete the project by the end of this year, it said today.

Under the plans, a former church hall on Woodlands Road will be demolished and replaced it with an apartment scheme for the over-55s. The site covers around 1.5 acres and sits off Didsbury Road, accessed via Woodlands Road. The building was previously used by the Brethren Church as a meeting space but has been vacant for several years.

Under the plans, the 63 homes will be split between 20 one-beds, 34 two-beds, and nine three-beds contained in four-storey blocks, with patios or walk-on balconies for most apartments and 34 car parking spaces.

Communal facilities, including a lounge, coffee bar, restaurant, kitchen, therapy suite, hair salon and landscaped gardens were also contained in the proposals.

Gladman’s in-house team acted as the planner and architect for The Woodlands.

Alexandra Johnson, sales and marketing director for Adlington Retirement Living, said: “More of our homeowners are choosing to move to retirement communities while they’re fit and healthy, to futureproof their retirement.

“Our award-winning approach to independent living ensures homeowners don’t have to compromise on their lifestyle, social life or independence. We aim to provide a community spirit, promoting independence and individual respect.”

The development will also offer Adlington’s tailored care packages if specialist residential and health care is needed.

Meanwhile, the apartments feature fixtures and fittings include 80% wool carpets that reduce heat loss, fully-fitted kitchens with integrated appliances, and specially designed wet rooms, Johnson added.

The Woodlands, Heaton Mersey

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63 homes, 34 parking spaces????

By Bryan Shorthurst

More than enough parking spaces given this site’s close proximity to East Didsbury Metrolink/rail station and frequent bus connections to Stockport and the city centre from right outside the door.

By Anonymous

Yes definitely more spaces needed. People need independent transport as they age. Infirmity can bring a lot of challenges when you are older particularly on public transport. This needs better input from those who would be actually buying these apartments and not just the usual blah from those who think public transport is the solution to all problems.

By Anon

A fantastic looking scheme and a much needed form of housing in this area. I look forward to the show apartments opening!

By David Morris

You’re suggesting these people will want to use public transport and will only so to two places? No

By PDM

Looks OK but better to see it and look around.

By Wendy Bradbury

The residents usually own at least one vehicle each. The staff also usually arrive by car. There will be numerous visitors, friends, relatives, cleaners, carers, doctors,etc who will need to park.

By Val