Current Issues

GMSF Consultation Open!

The GMSF consultation has now opened, you can access it by clicking here.

Although you can already submit your comments, there is a notice on the consultation website which states:


We’re finalising and publishing a range of background documents, including a series of topic papers, which will be available from 21 January 2019.

These documents give more detailed information on a range of themes. If you are particularly interested in specific topic areas, for example housing need, the natural environment, and town centres, then you may wish to wait until after 21 January 2019 to submit your response. However, no matter when responses are submitted ahead of the closing date, they will all be considered fully.”

For further information on how the current plans would potentially affect Heald Green, please take a look at the dedicated page on our website by clicking here.

Ratepayers’ bang the drum for Heald Green on the radio!

This afternoon, Heald Green was at the centre of an item on BBC Radio Manchester with DJ Phil Trow about the threat posed by the latest iteration of the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework (GMSF) which plans to build another 1700 homes in Heald Green using more than 50% of our current Green Belt land, for more information on this click here.

If you would like to listen to “Pete” (aka former councillor and current Ratepayers’ Committee member Peter Burns) the recording is available on iplayer/BBC Sounds for the next month.  The item starts from 2 hours, 10 minutes and 30 odd seconds into the recording, which can be accessed by clicking here (you may have to sign in).

Latest draft of GMSF threatens housing development on more than 50% of Heald Green’s Green Belt!

The Ratepayers’ Association has arranged a Public Meeting at Heald Green Village Hall on Tuesday 12th February 2019 from 19:30-21:00

The papers for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority meeting on Friday 11th January 2019 have now been published online and so the content of the proposed second iteration of the GMSF (Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment) is now officially in the public domain.

This new iteration of the plan again threatens a large proportion of Heald Green’s Green Belt land, far more than anywhere else in Stockport

To find out more about how the plans affect Heald Green, please click here

New GMSF Plans Revealed

The long awaited new GMSF plans have just been revealed. Within over 1,100 pages, it includes, for Heald Green, 850 homes on the Nixon’s Farm area and a further 850 homes in the Seashell Trust area. Large chunks of our Greenbelt are proposed to become housing estates.  Further details to follow on our website (Now available here)

Ratepayers will be holding a Public Meeting about the proposals on Tuesday, 12 February in the Village Hall, commencing at 7.30pm.

Bulb Planting

Look out for more spring bulbs in Heald Green next year! We already have many areas brightened up by daffodils and crocuses each spring. Stockport Council gave us several thousand more bulbs this Autumn and some of the Ratepayers’ Committee plus other Heald Green residents came out to help with planting the bulbs. The area of grass on Finney Lane, near to Carnoustie Dr, grass by the War Memorial, grass near Life Church on Outwood Rd and the raised bed outside the Health Centre have all had bulbs planted. We’re always trying to enhance the appearance of the village and to keep Heald Green a pleasant place in which to live. Thanks to those who worked hard this weekend.


This year marks the Centenary of the WW1 Armistice and Ratepayers have been working to commemorate this event. You may have noticed that numerous large poppies have appeared on lamposts in Heald Green. Some of the poppies were supplied by the Council who did not have the staff to erect them, so members of the Ratepayers’ Committee have been climbing up ladders at the roadside and erecting them. In addition, Ratepayers’ Committee member Carole McCann has organised the supply of nearly 180 large poppies which have been sold at £3 each to residents to erect on their own lamposts or houses. All monies are going to the Poppy Appeal. Carole has also taken on the job of organising all the Poppy trays and tins in the shops in Heald Green, Gatley, Cheadle and Cheadle Hulme Precinct, plus the churches in Heald Green and schools in Gatley. Every year we organise a Remembrance Service at the War Memorial on Wilmslow Rd. This year, it will be slightly different as we will be paying special tribute to those who gave their lives in WW1. The Service is on Remembrance Sunday, 11th November and is at Noon.