Stockport Council to object in 'the strongest possible terms' to Handforth Dean development


Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council have announced that they intend to strongly object to the recently approved plans for a new shopping park at Handforth Dean.

Cheshire East Council's Strategic Planning Board approved two applications last month for around 25 retail units along with restaurants, cafes, drive-thus and parking to be built on Council owned land adjacent to the existing Marks and Spencer, Tesco and Next stores.

A third application from Alderley Edge based developer Consolidated Property Group (CPG) for an extension to the Next store was also approved.

Speaking at a meeting of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council on Thursday, 29th June, Cllr Kate Butler, Cabinet Member for Economy & Regeneration, raised the issue of the A34 and the potential for increased and "very very worrying traffic congestion" in that area.

Cllr Kate Butler said "We are objecting in the strongest possible terms to the proposed development at Handforth Dean.

"We will be present at forthcoming enquiries and ensuring that we have the best possible case to represent Stockport, its residents and business. We'll continue to work with Cheshire East on all mitigation measures and all options for the future of the A34 corridor which is subject to a lot of work ongoing through the SEMMS refresh at the moment."

She added "I do think Cheshire East should pay for mitigation works but we also need to make sure we continue working with them and trying to find a way forward."

I contacted Cheshire East Council and Cllr Kate Butler regarding these applications, which the Strategic Planning Board approved in June, for confirmation regarding any forthcoming enquiries but am currently waiting for a response.

A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council, said: "A public inquiry will be held at a future date to consider the issues associated with the proposed Handforth Dean development. The secretary of state will then decide whether to grant planning permission."

CPG Development Projects, Handforth Dean Shopping Park, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Stephen Justice
Wednesday 12th July 2017 at 11:36 pm
As a near life long resident of the Wilmslow/Alderley district I'd like to reassure Stockport that the proposed development will not deprive the town's businesses of my custom...

I hope I haven't been too obscure in saying this? :4)
Stewart Dyer
Sunday 16th July 2017 at 11:41 am
I would like to echo the sentiments expressed by Stephen. We will certainly not visit Stockport less often as a result.
And no you were not too obscure!
Harry Holcroft
Tuesday 18th July 2017 at 9:06 pm
We support Cheshire East proposal on the planning permission for Handforth Dean development.
If Stockport Council had heeded the advice to provide free parking then Stockport shopping complex would have flourished,as usual they take no notice of the general public.
Typical Stockport council.
Harry Martin
Tuesday 18th July 2017 at 9:22 pm
Myself and most elderly friends are the complete opposite . 2 have been fined whilst using the Peel Centre car park. The only ' free ' parking is at Tesco which is quite a walk from the main shops . Stockport town centre has limited seating and it's main attraction used to be the market has almost gone .We welcome brand new shops nearby.