BAE Woodford site plan

Harrow enters into Woodford JV

JCB heir Joe Bamford has brought on board Harrow Estates to take forward ambitious plans for the former Woodford Aerodrome.

Bamford's Avro Heritage will work with Harrow Estates, part of Redrow, to work up the residential-led master-plan for the site. Avro acquired the 500-acre site for a reported £100m last year from BAE Systems. As well as housing, development proposals include an equestrian centre and a film studio.

James Fletcher, operations director of Avro, said: "Harrow Estates are experts in their field. They have the experience and vision to ensure the best possible solution for this site and the surrounding community."

Avro and Harrow will work with Stockport and Cheshire East Councils to determine a viable future for the site over the coming months.

Jennie Daly, managing director of Harrow, said: "We have read with interest the submissions of local people and in particular, the desire to reference the proud heritage of the site and benefits for the community. We will focus on ensuring our proposals are viable, sustainable and deliverable. Alongside this we will be sure to recognise the important contribution of the thousands that came to work here over the years."

Cllr Dave Goddard, leader of Stockport Council, said: "We will work closely with Cheshire East Council and Harrow Estates to produce a Supplementary Planning Document, which will guide future development for the site. An updated programme of key dates and deadlines will be agreed as early as possible. We remain committed to listening to local views and we will consult in detail with people before the publication of the SPD."

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