The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has earmarked areas around a number of the region’s railway stations for development with 87 acres of land potentially up for grabs.
As part of the combined authority’s station partnership programme, the GMCA alongside its Rail Station Alliance partners – Network Rail, Transport for Greater Manchester, London Continental Railway, Northern Rail, and Transpennine Express – has identified development opportunities around railway stations across Greater Manchester.
So far, 87 acres of potential development land has been identified, with 14 stations singled out has having significant opportunities with an average site size of around five acres. These stations are:
- Cheadle Hulme
- Hazel Grove
- Heald Green
- Mills Hill
- Navigation Road
- Rose Hill Marple
The Rail Station Alliance will look to work alongside local authorities to deliver feasibility studies for each of these sites in 2019, which will identify “potentially investable opportunities” including homes and job-creation.
Following these feasibility studies, the Alliance will develop a delivery strategy for the sites with the relevant local authorities.
The GMCA said housing would be a “key driver” but added there were “broader place making opportunities” that the rail stations could contribute towards.
The development plans for the stations are likely to build on the Stockport One Public Estate pilot project, focussed on the regeneration of the area around Stockport’s railway station. This has included using publicly-owned assets to contribute towards regeneration and growth, as well as private investment.
One of the Alliance partners, London Continental Railway, will make £5m available to help develop proposals around these stations, with funding depending on the size of the development opportunity at each.
Each of the Alliance members to receive an “appropriate share” of the value realised from viable development schemes around the stations; this will allow LCR to recoup its £5m funding pot.
A further £1m will also be available towards community projects delivered on a case-by-case basis, focussed on re-using redundant spaces in and around stations.
A further update on the plans for these stations and the wider network is expected in the spring.
Development has already begun on sites adjacent to some of the stations highlighted in the report. These include at Hale station, where developer Novo and contractor CPUK are bringing forward a £6m housing-led mixed-use project on a car park owned by Trafford Council.