Stockport Council has highlighted a series of sites with the potential for residential use in the town centre, including around its new transport interchange, along King Street West, and the Kwik-Fit site under the viaduct, with a combined potential for up to 3,000 new homes.
As part of its town centre residential strategy, focussed on developing brownfield, the council has chosen a series of key sites which could form a residential corridor from the River Mersey up King Street West to the town’s railway station.
The largest site is around the railway station, which could support up to 790 homes nearby, while the existing Stagecoach depot and offices along King Street West could have the capacity for 700 new homes. The council said the relocation of the depot “would make a big difference to the area’s desirability,” and said it would support Stagecoach “in assessing viable relocation options”.
There are also two smaller sites that form part of the plan: the Kwik-Fit site opposite The Crown pub has the potential for 35 units or a mixed-use scheme, with the council currently assessing the options for the site.
Similarly, there is a riverside site currently at “a concept stage” along Chestergate, currently home to an industrial unit, which could support up to 100 homes, and discussions are “ongoing with the current owner to align aspirations for the site to be used as residential,” said the council.
Two of the sites are more advanced: Weir Mill, and the new transport interchange.
The largest of these is at Weir Mill, which has already received a £5.6m grant from the Housing Infrastructure Fund to kick-start development. This will provide 300 homes in a mix of restored and new-build accommodation and the council is hopeful of bringing this forward in the next two years.
Similarly, the council aims to build 200 new homes on a podium above the proposed transport interchange, which will replace the town’s existing bus station. Like Weir Mill, this has received funding from the HIF to the tune of £2.6m, and the council hopes to submit a planning application for this project in the summer.
Funding for the additional sites has not been secured but the council said funding sources including a potential housing deal for Greater Manchester, will be used to help release these for development.
A full town centre living development framework will be presented to the council in June 2018, but before this, Stockport has recommended that it will look at compulsory purchase order powers, if necessary, to bring forward certain sites that fall within its Town Centre West area.
CPOs are initially expected to focus on the Weir Mill area, if approved by the council.
It is also working with CBRE on a feasibility study to see how a Mayoral Development Corporation in the town could support residential growth.