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Nationwide placemaker Muse, working in partnership with Stockport Council, is bringing forward a planning application for the next and final stages of town centre business hub, Stockport Exchange.
Already among the North-west’s most thriving business hotspots, with tenants including the likes of musicMagpie, BASF, Stagecoach, ONP and Holiday Inn Express, developers are launching a public consultation ahead of submitting plans for the next 60,000 sq ft office building at the scheme. 4 Stockport Exchange will also feature ground floor spaces for shops, cafes, bars or restaurants and a fully accessible and landscaped approach to the railway station.
In addition, Muse is seeking outline planning permission for the remaining phases of Stockport Exchange, including around an additional 185,000 sq ft of Grade A office space that would connect the scheme with the A6 Wellington Road South. Up to 100 residential apartments are also being proposed for the current triangular surface car park site off Station Road, which was not included in the original Stockport Exchange masterplan.
The £145 million Stockport Exchange development has transformed the arrival experience into Stockport from the train station and has been a catalyst for the wider regeneration that the town is experiencing as part of the Town Centre West regeneration masterplan being brought forward by Stockport MDC.
Stockport Exchange already includes three Grade A commercial offices, two multi-storey car parks and a hotel, with extensive landscaping which has transformed the previous surface car park and leisure site.
Local residents and businesses will be leafleted about the plans, as well as existing tenants at Stockport Exchange, which will include a questionnaire to respond to the consultation either by post, or online via the development’s website. A drop-in event will also take place on Tuesday 20th February from 3-7pm.
The consultation will run until Friday 1st March 2024 and help shape the masterplan for the final phases of the site before a formal planning application is put forward to Stockport Council.