Short-lived Hazel Grove park-and-ride to become ambulance hub
Stockport Council has drawn up proposals to redevelop the 3.4-acre car park off Buxton Road less than a decade after the Stagecoach facility opened.
The existing park-and-ride facility opened in 2015 in a bid to ease congestion on the A6. However, it is described in a planning statement as “underutilised and not commercially viable”.
The council has submitted a pair of applications for the two-phase redevelopment of the site.
The phase one application seeks full consent for the creation of a 10,000 sq ft ambulance station and associated ambulance, staff and visitor parking on the 1.5-acre eastern portion of the site.
Stockport is also requesting outline permission for phase two, which would see the station expanded into a hub on the remaining two acres.
The facility would be operated by North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust. The Trust will relocate from Travis Brow in Stockport town centre, which is “dated and spatially constrained”, according to planning consultant Paul Butler Associates.
It is envisaged that the phase one will be completed by 2024, with the second phase following around 2029.
Aew Architects is leading on design and Urban Green is the landscape consultant for the project and is also advising on ecology, biodiversity net gain, and arboriculture. CBRE is the project manager and Kennedy Redford is the structural engineer.
To learn more about the project, search for reference number DC/088269 on Stockport Council’s planning portal.