Sites near to Hazel Grove and Cheadle Hulme train stations have been identified as suitable for new residential developments, Place North West has reported, as part of plans to deliver new homes near transport links in Greater Manchester.
Investigation into the sites has been carried out by the Greater Manchester Stations Alliance, a collaboration Transport for Greater Manchester, Network Rail, relevant rail franchises and government land-promoter LCR, with the aim of delivering improvement projects at stations across the city-region. The Alliance is currently working closely with local authorities and is in the process of identifying sites across Rochdale, Stockport and Trafford boroughs that could deliver up to 7,000 new homes and develop and regenerate areas around transport hubs.
To date, more than 20 sites have been earmarked for development, with the potential to create over 3,000 new homes so far. Around 700 new homes are expected to be delivered in Stockport and Trafford as part of the scheme, with the remainder utilising sites in Rochdale.
In Stockport, development is focusing on district centres in the borough: Stockport Council has already produced its masterplan for developing the area immediately around Stockport station, as well as more widely in the town centre. Hazel Grove and Cheadle Hulme stations have now been identified for further development, with more detailed investigation currently exploring options at Bramhall and Rose Hill Marple stations also.
Stockport Council and LCR are engaged in due diligence on the sites, and are expected to begin to work formally with developers later this year.
The development of housing around local stations in Stockport is part of LCR’s wider work nationally, which has investigated 1,250 railway stations nationwide in a bid to explore more sustainable housing development that is better connected to public transport and less reliant on private vehicles.