Tuesday 12.02.19 – Ratepayers’ Public Meeting at Heald Green Village Hall – 19:30-21:00

Wednesday 13.02.19 – SMBC drop-in event at Heald Green Village Hall – times TBC

In late January there will be a meeting of the Ratepayers’ GMSF working group, this is a small group of people who did a great deal of work to assist with the preparation of the Ratepayers’ submission to the first draft of GMSF in 2016, if you are interested in working as a part of this group, please contact Cllr Adrian Nottingham

The consultation is scheduled to run officially from 21st January for a period of 8 weeks, closing on Monday March 18th.

What is GMSF?
The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) is a strategic planning document which is being prepared by Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the 10 Greater Manchester Authorities. It will be a plan which seeks to ensure that Greater Manchester has the right land in the right places to deliver the homes and jobs needed up to 2037, along with identifying the new infrastructure required to achieve this.

What has been done since the previous draft version?
Since 2016 all Greater Manchester authorities, including Stockport, have been looking at ways to increase housing supply in the urban area, particularly on brownfield sites.
As a result of this work the Council has identified more sites that are considered to be suitable for delivery over the period to 2037 and it has re-examined some of the density assumptions made about potential housing sites, particularly those around district and other centres.

What does this mean in terms of Green Belt loss?
The 2016 proposal was to build on nearly 90% of Heald Green’s Green Belt land, far more than any other ward in the borough. Under the current proposals, Heald Green would stand to lose more than 50% of its Green Belt land to development, even after taking into consideration new land which may be designated as Green Belt in the future. Once again this is far more than in any other area of Stockport and a proportion of the remaining Green Belt has already been developed.

How does the GMSF relate to the Stockport Local Plan?
If the GMSF is adopted the site allocations and the policies would become part of the development plan for Stockport. The housing and employment figures will form the basis for an assessment of future allocations and policies in a Stockport Local Plan. However, the Local Plan will consider a wide range of topic areas, such as transport, retail, open space, etc. at a Stockport level. The evidence bases, the issues raised and the options that exist for the Council will all still need to be assessed in the development of a Stockport Local Plan. That will be subject to a separate consultation on a Draft Plan later this year.

Where can I find further information?
The GMSF will be available on the GMCA website or via the Stockport Council website and a hard copy of the GMSF will be in Fred Perry House. In addition, copies will also be placed on deposit at each of the libraries across the borough.

What are the Heald Green Allocations in the latest version of the GMSF?

Site 1: Heald Green (Allocation 37)

(Previously known as OA23 Heald Green)

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  • New parcels of land have now been added including:
    • Bolshaw Primary School
    • The whole of the public hall field and land occupied by the Village Hall and associated car parks
  • Some pieces of land included in the 2016 draft GMSF have been removed:
    • Nixon’s Farm Shop and the land south of it (where the greenhouses are)
  • The proposal is now to build 850 homes on this site, rather than the 2000 proposed in 2016 with access from Outwood Road and emergency access and cycling and walking access to the north of the site via Finney Lane.
  • Provision for appropriate provision and improvements to the station parking at Heald Green
  • Provision for an improved and/or replacement Village Hall for community uses
  • Delivery of a route to support a bus rapid transit route through the site
  • Contribute towards additional health provision needs generated by the development
  • Contribute towards the provision of additional school places within the allocation site together with financial contributions for offsite provision. The existing local primary schools will need to be expanded to respond to the increasing educational demands in the area. A secondary school may also be needed, and this could be provided onsite, or offsite.
  • It is proposed that the site would include a minimum of 30% affordable housing.

Site 2: Griffin Farm, Stanley Green (Allocation 40)

(Previously known as OA22 Land off A34)

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  • The proposal is now to build 850 homes on this, smaller, site rather than the 3700 proposed in 2016 (2700 of which would have been in Heald Green).
  • Proposals include provision of a new rail station at Stanley Green, combined with a park and ride scheme and the introduction of a bus rapid transit system through the site to encourage fewer people to travel by car along the A34.
  • It is proposed that the site would include a minimum of 30% affordable housing.
  • Some pieces of land included in the 2016 draft GMSF have been removed;
    • All of the land on the far side of the A34 in Cheadle Hulme
    • A small piece of land on the southern side of Bolshaw Rd between Wilmslow Rd and Bolshaw Farm Lane
    • A small parcel of land between the back of some of the houses on Syddall Avenue and Hilary Avenue and the A34
    • A narrow sliver of land on the Heald Green side of the A34, to separate Heald Green and Cheadle Hulme

How do people make comments on the GMSF?

Formal comments (e.g. in objection to or support of the GMSF) should be made either online which is the quickest and most effective way for comments to be made at In addition, comments can be made by email to Comments can also be sent by post to:

Planning Team Consultation
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Churchgate House Reception
56 Oxford Street
M1 6EU

The consultation is now open and scheduled to run until Monday March 18th however some key background documents will not be available until 21st January and therefore you may wish to delay making your comments until after then.

How will concerns raise by the general public be taken into account?

All comments made in response to the draft GMSF document will be assessed by the joint team working on the GMSF and will be used to inform the next stage of he consultation. It is important to note that this is a draft document and that there will be further opportunities for comments at the next plan stage . The different between this version of GMSF and that produced in 2016 shows that people’s views are important and can have an impact on how the plan develops and what it contains.

You can also complete a questionnaire which the Ratepayers’ Association has created, to collate views from residents to assist the Ratepayers’ Councillors and wider Association to represent your views accurately in any future discussions, by clicking here.

You can also sign Cllr Adrian Nottingham’s petition to put pressure on the Council to develop the old Cheadle Royal Nurses Home site by clicking here.