A planning application for a residential-led development around Stockport’s £42m transport interchange is due to be submitted in early 2018, according to Stockport Council and Transport for Greater Manchester.
WSP has been working on a feasibility study for a project round the interchange alongside architect BDP, with plans potentially including a 150-unit residential block and shared community services above the interchange.
In a report to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s capital projects committee on Friday, TfGM said a planning application would be submitted next year “subject to the demonstration of viability”.
Construction of the associated development would be built at the same time as the interchange.
The council is also undertaking a study to see how any supporting development would impact the construction timescales of the new interchange, and to “identify appropriate opportunities to mitigate these impacts”.
The council added the potential development around the interchange would “ensure a fully integrated site” and would address “existing poor connectivity” with Stockport’s railway station.
To help get the interchange project under way, TfGM and Stockport Council have chosen Osborne to build a new bridge over the River Mersey in Stockport town centre will link Swaine Street with Astley Street and provide buses with direct access to the new interchange from Heaton Lane.
It will also provide a two-way link for buses, taxis, and pedestrians to the A6 from the interchange.
Funding for the development is being supported through the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal Programme.