Indigo Planning has submitted an application to Stockport Council on behalf of Maryland Securities Group in support of the proposed re-development of the Grade II listed former cotton mill – Weir Mill in Stockport.
Full planning permission is sought for the redevelopment of site comprising repurposing of existing buildings, demolition and erection of new buildings for a mix of uses comprising 297 residential apartments, flexible commercial accommodation and ancillary uses, landscaping and
Plans also include the formation of a new access onto King Street West, vehicular and cycle parking, and associated works and infrastructure.
The development is said to compliment the development of the bus station and creation of a new transport interchange in Stockport
The site has been identified by the Council as a suitable site for regeneration, especially for residential development. This demonstrates support for the site in principle and confirms its suitability for delivering much needed housing in the Stockport town centre.
The proposal directly aligns with a number of significant policy objectives for Stockport Council including additional scope for town centre living and the Town Centre West Residential Strategy.
In order to retain and repurpose the most significant buildings, the site needs to be opened up through selective demolition to better reveal
the best buildings and enable access to them. A number of the buildings on site are deemed incapable of conversion to residential use due to their
floorplate depths and configuration which do not allow suitable light penetration and outlook. Although alternative uses have been considered they have been found to be unpractical and would not deliver the Council’s housing ambitions.
Funding has been secured but is time-limited and the applicant is asking that consent is achieved promptly who sates that without this funding the site will not be able to be regenerated and brought forward for development.
Indigo, on behalf of Maryland Securities Group, has stated that “this
high quality development will enrich the townscape, riverside and public realm, and concurrently delivering the much needed residential
accommodation, fundamental to the Council’s housing strategy and will reduce pressure for Green Belt release.”
Within their statement, Indigo states that “Policy identifies the site for redevelopment for residential use, given its highly sustainable
location and the desire to make the best use of brownfield land to reduce greenfield and Green Belt development.”