Stockport and Cheshire East Councils invited local residents to have their say on 'Woodford Garden Village' last week - a proposed residential development on the former BAE Systems Woodford Aerodrome site.
BAE Systems made the decision to cease operations at Woodford Aerodrome in March 2011. The site was sold to AVRO Heritage Ltd late in 2011, who subsequently formed a joint venture with Harrow Estates.
The councils have been working with Avro Heritage Ltd and Harrow Estates, part of the Redrow Group, who are a specialist brownfield developer with expertise in residential master planning and regeneration.
More than 1,000 people visited two public exhibitions held last week, where the proposed master plan was showcased.
Woodford Garden Village, adopting 'Garden Suburb' principles, proposes a community of 950 homes, including both open market and affordable housing, within a landscaped setting where everyone can benefit from gardens, greenspace and useable open spaces that will be integrated with the existing Woodford Village.
Proposals include a new primary school, a day nursery and creche, children's play area, new heritage centre, shops, a public house, playing fields and a village green close to Chester Road.
The extent of the development area will equate broadly to the 42.1 hectares of the existing Major Existing Developed Sites (MEDS) albeit in a different shape. It is proposed to merge the two MEDS areas and locate the residential development on the northern part of the Woodford Aerodrome site, which lies within Stockport.
The southern MEDS area would be reinstated to open countryside with appropriate green belt uses.
Public transport would also be improved, as well as opening up public rights of way.
As the Woodford Aerodrome site straddles the administrative boundary between Stockport and Cheshire East Councils it has been agreed that both Councils will work together in the production of a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the whole site.
The next step is for the Councils to prepare a draft SPD which will guide development for this site. Once the SPD has been drafted, people will have further opportunities to have their say during the six week consultation period later this year.
The potential for the future use of the Cheshire East part of the Woodford Aerodrome site and a realigned route for the Poynton relief road will need to be considered as part of the Cheshire East Local Plan and explicitly not within this SPD.
Councillor Iain Roberts, Executive Member for Regeneration at Stockport Council, said "We want to hear the views of local people and these events are an important way of getting feedback on the proposed Woodford Garden Village.
"We are determined to get the best amenities and services for the local community and finding out what people think is a crucial part of this. I would urge people to keep talking to us, and to have their say on the draft SPD which will be published later this year."
Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member with responsibility for prosperity and economic regeneration, added: "I would encourage as many local residents as possible to take the time to get involved and express their views about the Woodford Garden Village.
"It is vitally important that we have as much input from local people as possible as the plans will help shape their communities for years to come. We want to get any proposed scheme right for local people and the wider region – and right first time."
This is not the formal community consoltation period, however it is an early opportunity to have your say. Comments may be submitted to:
Woodford Garden Village SPD Consultation, Ian Harrison, Regeneration Manager, Stockport Council, Stopford House, Piccadilly, Stokcport, SK1 3XE or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org