Stockport Council update on Local Plan

Stockport Council’s proposal for its Local Plan continues to make progress following months of engagement with the borough’s residents and businesses.

The Local Plan will cover a wide range of development needs for the borough, including new homes, transport and infrastructure.

It will also reinforce the council’s commitment to protecting the environment and working together to address climate change in line with the One Stockport Borough Plan vision and Climate Action Now strategy.

Over the summer, the council has been engaging with residents, businesses, and stakeholders across the borough to test a series of high-level principles, which will be used to guide the development of the Local Plan.

The engagement activities included an online survey that ran throughout August and September, online workshops with community groups, attending roadshows and engaging with residents, plus presenting at public, private and voluntary sector meetings within the borough.

More than 30 workshops were held with the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector, businesses, the youth sector, the disability access forum, schools and colleges as well as neighbourhood forums.

The council will be publishing an updated Local Development Scheme shortly, which sets out the proposed timescales for getting an adopted Local Plan in place.

Cllr David Meller, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “We would like to thank everyone that has contributed to our Local Plan process so far.

“Throughout the engagement period we received excellent feedback, which will be used to help us shape the Local Plan as we continue to develop the draft planning policies that will be used, subject to the plan’s adoption, to assess planning applications in the future.

“With receiving so much great feedback, we want more time to carry out further engagement and develop our evidence base, so we will be consulting on the draft plan in late summer/early autumn next year.

“We will continue to meet with residents, businesses and stakeholders over the upcoming months to help us plan for Stockport’s future.”

Further information about the Local Plan can be found on the council’s website