The developer has amended its planning application submitted last year for commercial units on land adjacent to the Stockport industrial estate, a scheme that would have increased the park’s footprint by 1.2m sq ft.
It is understood that Quorum scaled back its plans following consultation with officers at Stockport Council. The proposal to expand Bredbury Gateway was the subject of a row between Stockport and Tameside councils earlier this year, as the estate lies on the border of the two boroughs.
The site in question spans 76 acres between the industrial park and the River Tame and has long been earmarked for redevelopment, including in the much-delayed Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.
Tameside Council had raised concerns over the large scale of the scheme, designed by AEW Architects, and the environmental impact it could have on the Tame Valley.
Quorum’s original £80m proposal was to build 25 units at the park, ranging in size from 10,000 sq ft to 500,000 sq ft, increasing its footprint by 1.2m sq ft.
This week, Quorum said it had amended the planning application it submitted in August 2019, which is awaiting determination. The changes reduce the overall floorspace of the proposals by over 20% from the original plans.
The updated application now seeks detailed permission for two employment units totalling 429,000 sq ft, and outline permission for 574,000 sq ft of units with all matters reserved.
The amendments means that green space would account for almost one-third (around 21acres) of the site, according to Quorum. The on-site green space would deliver ecological improvements, amenity areas and improved footpath and cycle routes.
There would also be an area of landscape buffer to minimise the visual impact of the scheme, according to the developer. And it seeks to win a New Development Certification from the Planet Mark, by incorporating measures from a “substantial carbon reduction checklist that go above and beyond what would typically be achieved”, the Manchester-based developer said.
The previously agreed package of highways contributions remains unchanged despite the reduction in floor area, while two roundabouts at Junction 25 of the M60 would have their capacity increased and other improvements to junctions on Bredbury Park Way and Ashton Road would be made if the plans are approved.
The proposal would also deliver an overspill car park to serve Stockport Sports Village, and build in walking and cycling links to Woodley, Brinnington, Bredbury and Haughton Green.
Quorum said it has held early-stage talks with prospective occupiers interested in the scheme, such as businesses that will need to move to enable the nearby Stockport Town Centre West regeneration scheme to proceed.
Subject to planning approval, Quorum will start delivering the two units contained in the detailed planning application “as soon as possible”. Once fully occupied, Bredbury Gateway would create up to 1,600 full-time jobs, the developer added.