Stockport Council has put a call out for brownfield sites, to help support work on the new Local Plan and earmark unused sites suitable for future development.
The council want to hear about the sites across the borough which members of the local community believe should be considered before we need to make decisions in respect of other land in Stockport. They may be derelict or underutilised sites, vacant commercial premises or an occupied building which has a use which doesn’t fit particularly well in an area.
Over the past year the Council, local businesses, voluntary and community organisations, public services and local people have been shaping the long term ambitions for the future of Stockport; these are captured within our One Stockport Borough Plan. An important part of the town’s future is finding sites to provide new homes, including new affordable homes, as well as identifying sites where existing businesses can expand or new businesses can come into the borough. The Local Plan is Stockport’s plan for our land and is an important in helping us achieve our shared One Stockport Borough Plan priorities and ambitions. The local plan will cover a wide range of development needs for the borough which local people have told us are really important, including new homes, transport and infrastructure – ensuring local places facilitate thriving communities and the economy. It will also reinforce the council’s commitment to protecting the environment and working together to address climate change.
Caroline Simpson, Deputy Chief Executive at Stockport Council, said:
As we continue to develop our new Local Plan, it is really important that we engage with local people and businesses to identify brownfield land that could be developed for new uses – no one knows Stockport better than the people who live and work in Stockport.
“I encourage everyone to take part so that we can look at finding positive solutions for the growth needed to provide new homes and places to work for future generations, so that Stockport continues to be a great place to live, work and do business.”
Brownfield land is land that has been previously developed which is no longer in use, such as vacant or derelict land and buildings and also includes previously developed land or buildings which are in use that have potential for redevelopment.
The call for sites will close on 23rd May 2021. There is no requirement that the owner of a site reports it as the council is looking to gather as much information as possible to best meet Stockport’s growing needs. The council will then assess all sites that are put forward and their suitability for alternative uses such as housing or employment. This information will then inform the draft Stockport Local Plan, before seeking people’s views on it in autumn 2021.
For further information and to submit details of a brownfield site, please visit the Stockport Council website.