Stockport housing plans go to consultation

Stockport Council is asking residents to have their say on regeneration plans for the Brinnington district of the town, before planning applications are submitted for a new leisure centre and nearly 300 new family homes.

The consultation will run from Monday 9 December to Friday 20 December.

The council will submit a planning application in January for a new leisure centre located in Brinnington Park. It will include facilities for badminton, five-a-side football, basketball, netball, volleyball, indoor hockey, a 3G pitch, a dance and aerobic studio and a fitness suite, as well as a community room for events, classes and meetings.

Countryside Properties, the council's preferred developer for housing, will also submit a planning application in January for 292 new homes at various sites across Brinnington.
Residents are invited to view a series of information boards about the plans which will be displayed in First House, the Lapwing Centre, Brinnington Library and Reddish Library for the duration of the consultation period.

Four events will also be held to discuss the plans in more detail:

  • Monday 16 December, 10am to 11.30am, Dartmouth Crescent Community Room, Dartmouth Crescent Brinnington, Stockport, SK5 8BG
  • Monday 16 December, 11am – 5pm, Reddish Library, Gorton Road, Reddish, Stockport, SK5 6UG
  • Tuesday 17 December, 4.30pm – 7pm, Lapwing Centre, Lapwing Lane, Brinnington, Stockport, SK5 8LF
  • Wednesday 18 December, 11am – 5pm, 367 Brinnington Road, Brinnington, Stockport, SK5 8EN

Cllr Iain Roberts, executive member for economic development and regeneration at Stockport Council, said: "It's important that we improve housing and leisure facilities in Brinnington and we want as much feedback on the plans as possible. I would encourage people to visit the exhibitions, attend one of the drop-in events or have their say online."

Once the planning applications are submitted, there will be further statutory consultation during January and February 2014.

The local planning authority will then consider feedback and the planning applications will be determined in spring 2014.

Your Comments

This plan has, at its core, a series of decisions made without consultation with either the councillors or the public. The proposed sale of Public Amenity land was never discussed in Open Council. Stockport Council are in breach of the law.

By Pat Ruaune

The regeneration of Brinnington is vital to improving housing and facilities for local people. The plans have been in the public domain for a number of years and have been the subject of consultation going back to 2009. A report outlining the potential sites for development was taken through the democratic process and was presented to the Council’s Executive in April 2013. Prior to this, the sites identified to be removed from the Green Belt were included in consultation on the Council’s Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD) Issues and Options Paper which was issued for consultation in October 2011. Further informal consultation was conducted in December 2013 and the Local Planning Authority will conduct statutory consultation should any planning applications be received for the sites.

By Cllr Iain Roberts

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