Land promoter, Hollins Strategic Land (HSL), have submitted an outline planning application to Stockport Council to develop nearly 300 new homes on Gatley Golf Club.
The 44-acre privately owned site has been proposed for the 297-home scheme, which would included 50% affordable housing provision in the Stockport suburb, and would have a focus on retirement properties and bungalows for the borough’s older residents.
The plans have been submitted to Stockport Council following a consultation earlier this year on the development which will occupy sites on either side of the railway line from Manchester to Manchester Airport and Wilmslow.
Also included in plans from masterplan architects on the development, Broadway Malyan, are a number of green walkways, public open spaces and wildlife corridors to minimise green space lost in developing the nine-hole golf course. Footpaths and cycleways will also minimise residents’ reliance on cars and better connect the site with nearby Gatley and Heald Green railway stations.
The golf course’s clubhouse and other existing buildings on the site will also be retained under the scheme, and will be reimagined as an “Open to all” hub and theatre for the wider community.
Commenting on plans ahead of the consultation earlier this year, HSL Director Paul O’Shea said:
Our vision is to create a vibrant and accessible walkable neighbourhood that delivers homes for all and provides publicly accessible green spaces and community facilities for new and existing residents.
“We believe this presents an opportunity to deliver community cohesion by addressing shortfalls in specific local housing needs, while also delivering improved green infrastructure and benefits for the wider community.”
Development of the site has been driven by the land’s current owners finding that the site is no longer financially viable as a private golf course. A determination deadline for the scheme has been set for Thursday 2nd December 2021.