PLANNING | Stockport green lights Redrow, Hall & Co schemes

The former Woodford Aerodrome will soon hold 295 homes now that the council has approved the housebuilder’s plans, while the town’s Underbanks will undergo a multi-million-pound regeneration.

Those were the two major projects granted planning permission at Stockport Council’s meeting on 11 November.

Underbanks regeneration

Four residential-led projects made up this part of the planning committee’s agenda, with the council opting to consider them as one application.

At 29-35 Little Underbank, developer Hall & Co will demolish the current building and build another 9,531 sq ft structure with eight one-bedroom apartments and four two-bedroom ones. There will also be 1,492 sq ft of commercial space.

The next site is 1-3 Lower Hillgate, which will hold a 4,542 sq ft building with three one-bedroom apartments and three two-bedroom ones. Like in Little Underbank, there will be commercial space as well – this time only 736 sq ft.

Close by, at 6-16 Lower Hillgate, Hall & Co will demolish the current building to build a 9,759 sq ft structure with 13 one-bedroom apartments and one two-bedroom apartment. There will be 1,554 sq ft of commercial space on the ground floor.

The last site is located at Churchgate and includes constructing a 30,864 sq ft mixed-use building with 44 one-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom ones. As in the other three proposals, this will have commercial space on the ground floor – 2,852 sq ft.

The design and access statement for the projects includes plans for active rooftops, courtyards and walkways.

Project team:

  • Developer: Hall & Co
  • Architect: Ollier Smurthwaite Architects
  • Planner: Broadgrove
  • Noise: Acoustic & Engineering Consultants
  • Drainage strategy: Scott Hughes Design
  • Ecology: Rachel Hacking
  • Transport: SK Transport Planning
  • Heritage: Paul Butler Associates

Woodford Aerodrome, Redrow, P.via Planning Docs

The wider Woodford Garden Village scheme also features a primary school Credit: via planning documents

Land at the former Woodford Aerodrome

Redrow Homes North West secured reserved matters approval for its 295-home project, part of the wider Woodford Garden Village development. The Woodford Aerodrome development stretches out across 63 acres and will include 12 one-bedroom apartments, 13 two-bedroom houses, 70 three-bedroom houses, 146 four-bedroom houses and 54 five-bedroom ones. This will be the final residential phase for Woodford Garden Village, which also has a primary school, extra care project and more than 100,000 sq ft of commercial and retail space.

Redrow will be contributing more than £9.5m in community benefits, as per a section 106 agreement.

Project team

  • Developer: Redrow Homes North West
  • Planner: Lichfields
  • Ecology: The Environment Partnership
  • Arboricultural consultant: Trevor Bridge Associates
  • Energy: Stroma Tech

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