Revised SPD for former Woodford Aerodrome

David McCourt

Stockport Council has removed a proposed single masterplan for the 500 acre site and instead prepared three possible development opportunities.

The publication of the latest draft supplementary planning document follows a public consultation into initial plans to build 950 homes on the former Woodford Aerodrome site straddling east Cheshire and Stockport.

There were more than 700 comments received from residents and community groups during the consultation period.

The amended SPD removes the indicative masterplan and instead outlines a series of three development area options, which could all be delivered in compliance with development plan policies.

The options, shown from A on the left above, are:

  • A: Redevelopment within the 2 existing developed areas, totalling 42 hectares of developable area
  • B: Reconfiguration of the 42 hectares of developable area into a single consolidated site at the north of the aerodrome together with the Oxford Aviation site
  • C: Reconfiguration of the 42 hectares of developable area into a number of smaller parcels (totalling 42 hectares) at the north of the aerodrome together with the Oxford Aviation site, with corridors of land between them that positively contribute to the openness of the Green Belt

The revised document adds health centre and local employment space provision. The number of homes has been trimmed to between 750 to 850 houses.

The amended SPD will go through the following process as Stockport Council seeks approval:

  • Planning and highways committee: Thursday 6 December, Stockport Town Hall, at 6pm
  • Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme area committee: Monday 10 December, The Woodford Centre, Chester Road, Woodford, at 6:30pm
  • Environment and economy scrutiny committee: Tuesday 18 December, Stockport Town Hall, at 6pm
  • Executive meeting: Monday 7 January 2013, Stockport Town Hall, at 6pm

More information is available at the council website here

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