Stockport Town Centre West Aerial View
The plans form part of the Stockport Town Centre West regeneration

Stockport MDC looks to advance St Thomas’s hospital scheme

Dan Whelan

The Mayoral Development Corporation is seeking council approval for a project combining affordable homes and a care facility, ahead of entering the detailed design phase. 

Split into two parts, the development would provide a 70-bed intermediate care and dementia facility and 67 affordable homes for Shaw Heath. 

The new-build care facility has been named the Academy of Living Well and would provide support for people transitioning between hospital and home. 

Of the affordable homes, 35 apartments would be developed within three grade two-listed buildings on the site. 

St Thomas's Stockport

The site has been vacant since 2004

An additional two buildings are earmarked for 19 apartments and the remaining 13 affordable homes would be new-build townhouses. The tenure mix would be 80% shared ownership and 20% social rent. 

The council acquired the former St Thomas’s hospital, which has been vacant since 2004, from Homes England last December. Since 2004, ownership of the site has changed hands several times and various residential schemes have been tabled but none have been deliverable, according to a report filed by the authority’s director for place management and regeneration.

Stockport’s economy & regeneration scrutiny committee will be asked at Thursday’s meeting to endorse the overall approach on St Thomas’s, and approve its progress towards planning and the appointment of a main contractor.  

The site falls within the masterplan for Stockport’s Town Centre West regeneration which outlines plans for 3,500 homes and more than 1m sq ft of mixed employment space, an “urban riverside”, and a series of new and improved public spaces. 

The Mayoral Development Corporation was created in September 2019 to lead regeneration in the town, using the Greater Manchester Mayor’s devolved powers. It is the UK’s first such body to focus specifically on town centre development. 

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I’ve got to say Stockport seem to be on a roll, they’re attracting the big hitters like Muse and the cool crowd with Capital & Centric and they’re even taking on some smaller projects on their own. As a Tameside resident I hope we can find a way to creating a similar environment to attract that sort of investment, we need it here more than most

By Dave Sargent

It’s about time something was done to St Thomas’s it has deteriorated to an alarming extent since 2004. I was beginning to believe it was being ignored to make it possible to demolish it.

By Stuart McDonald

Whilst these projects are to be welcomed, it is probably worth pointing out that almost all the investments and developments in Stockport appear to be be happening in the town centre, not the wider borough.
Any spending or borrowing done by the Council with funding or repayment having to come from the Council tax will be interesting news for residents the borough’s district centres of Heald Green, Gatley, Cheadle, Woodford, Offerton, Hazel Grove, High Lane, Strines, Mellor, Marple and Romiley et cetera.
In answer to Dave Sargent from Tameside, Stockport the town is very different thing from Stockport the borough; investments in Tameside appear to be more evenly spread across the nine towns. In Stockport, local government led investment and planning appears to be happening almost exclusively in the town centre, with little evidence elsewhere.

By AltPoV

glad something is being done with the building but please let’s not forget the history of this place and although not pleasant it shouldn’t be forgotten and the facade should stay…..maybe a blue plague?

By Lynne marshall

For years I have driven past this place. what beautiful building it is , these days it seems they let them get in to disrepair and that is excuse to demolish them thank you for saving it

By Alan carson

I still think that the huge red brick block, and it looks like a featureless block, of flats, that will tower over the structurely amazing viaduct is shocking..!

By C Pollard

Agree with a comment made by Lynne Marshall
about St Thomas, a lovely Victorian building that we should incorporate such as part of the new !
It is part of Stockport’s heritage..and we have lost and has been neglected untill it’s not deemed possible to recover it …such as a lot of buildings in and around underbank Stockport..supposedly a heritage site..which at the moment looks like a demolition sight not conservation !

By C Pollard

Thank goodness a plan for this building and area has finally been agreed. This area of Stockport really is a mess and urgently needs attention.
I am really pleased. It will give the whole area a lift, so badly needed.

By Ann Smith

That’s great

By Anonymous

Can somebody explain what is meant by affordable housing and who or what decides what affordable. Is it not a case of trying to price people being able to buy a house. Or am I missing something. Can someone also explain why these so called houses built today are not fitted with solar panels as standard.

By mike