Land off Marple Road Stewart Milne Homes c Google Earth

Two thirds of the 60-acre site would be given over to public open space. Credit: Google Earth

Offerton quarry residential plan moves forward 

Stewart Milne Homes has submitted proposals to build 172 houses on part of a former sand and gravel extraction site off Marple Road. 

The housebuilder wants to redevelop the 10.5-acre southern portion of the wider 57-acre site into a mix of one- to five-bedroom houses and apartments, leaving the northern section as green space. 

It is proposed that 50% of the homes – a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments and one- to three-bedroom houses – would be delivered on affordable tenures. 

While the site is located in the Green Belt the developer maintains it is previously developed land and that its redevelopment should therefore be permitted. 

The scheme has been in the pipeline for more than a year. In August 2022, Stewart Milne lodged an EIA scoping report on the 60-acre brownfield site, which outlined its intentions to build up to 180 homes there. 

More than 12 months on, a planning application for the residential scheme has been submitted to Stockport Council. 

To learn more, search for reference number DC/086681 on the council’s planning portal. 

Hourigan Planning is advising the housebuilder on its proposals. 

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Marple Road is often gridlocked either end, both getting into/out of Marple and getting into/out of Stockport. The road infrstaructure cannot support this development without changes.

By Anonymous

Hey anonymous you do realise that this isn’t some undeveloped greenfield site it’s got a lot of heavy traffic already going to and from it and all that will be removed if this goes ahead – yay! Plenty of good things can come out of this and it’s exactly the sort of site and development the Council ought to get behind.

By Just Saying

What changes Anonymous? From a transport perspective I’ve seen worse sites. Regular buses, shops and schools within walking distance, lots of other houses nearby. Stockport needs housing sites, this seems a reasonable infill location.

By Able

Yes that would be very good to have more homes but what the council need to do is that all planning projects going on in stockport like stockport college needs to be done not just left so kids can get in

By Dale hart

Be it brownfield or greenfield, at this point you can guarantee that the comments on any PNW article about any form of residential development will be full of the usual negative comments moaning about traffic, doctors surgeries and school places. The NIMBYs have really been found out at this point, objecting just as vehemently to brownfield developments whilst screaming that our precious Green Belt should be protected.

By Anonymous

This site needed to be retained to provide the option of the Bredbury Hazel Grove road link. It’s a poor area transport-wise, so unless this is coupled with some major transport reworkings, I’m struggling to get behind it.

By Tom

Why would the heavy traffic be removed? do you mean going into / out of offerton sand and gravel because that’s not much, and I think they’re more concerned with numbers of vehicles not size of them. If it has to go somewhere, better here than other places. I’ve been on that road too and travel is at a snails pace whether your public transport or not. But they’re entitled to their opinion, even if the last comment on this page doesn’t think they should be.

By Anonymous

So 172 homes, perhaps 2 cars per household filtering onto roads that are already extremely busy! It makes no sense, Already the Battersby housing site which is still in process has created a massive amount of traffic with more still when the site is finished & more residents move in, Where’s the end to this filling every bit of available space & clogging up the roads ?

By Offerton resident.

Traffic is already horrific in this area not to mention the schools in the area and health facilities do not have the capacity to absorb the additional needs that this proposal would bring. Nor the public transport infrastructure either it’s ludicrous

By Anonymous

You’d think that replacing a quarry – with all the associated noise and heavy vehicles – with houses would be seen as a positive. Nope, not in Stockport (the home of the NIMBY brigade).

By Anonymous

If you look at the application documents you’ll see this proposal doesn’t affect the link road the route of which has been safeguarded in their proposals. Anyway hasn’t the Council shelved the proposals to build the link road? Always amazes me how people are so negative without looking at the positives of schemes like this!

By Link Road Man

Perhaps the Council should be thinking of improving the flow of traffic on the Marple Road before allowing more housing to add extra traffic to an already highly congested area.

By Anonymous

Why?????? The traffic is horrendous along from Stockport to Marple etc, let’s hope the council realise this is a no go

By Susan

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