Engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions has lodged an outline planning application for 200 homes and a 43-acre country park on land the company owns next to its UK headquarters in Hazel Grove, south of Stockport.
Mirrlees Fields, west of Bramhall Moor Lane, spans 64 acres in total and 53 of those are earmarked for use as open space.
Some 10 acres would serve as outdoor space for the homes, while the remaining 43 acres are to be transferred to the Land Trust, a national charity committed to the long-term sustainable management of open space for community benefit.
Under the terms of the agreement with the Land Trust, MAN would donate £1m towards the upkeep of the public space.
While there are currently some rights of way across the land, the proposals for a country park would allow for “unfettered” access and provide greater flexibility in the way the land can be used by local schools, as well as staff and patients at nearby Stepping Hill Hospital, MAN said.
The remaining 11 acres would house the residential element, which would feature a 50% affordable provision.
The project team comprises Avison Young as the planning consultant, 5plus Architects as the masterplanner, transport consultant Curtins, Barnes Walker as landscape architect, and BWB Consulting as the noise and air quality consultants.
Subject to planning approval by Stockport Council, MAN intends to sell the residential plot to a developer to build the homes.
Louise Durose, general counsel for MAN Energy Solutions, said: “This planning application and the agreement with the Land Trust offer a unique opportunity to turn private land into a fantastic new public amenity with a sustainable future, while providing much-needed new homes in Stockport.”