What is the Stockport Local Plan?
3. Transport and infrastructure
Transport, the ability to move from where we live to where we work or go to school or spend our leisure time, is an important factor in the quality of lives. It’s also an important factor in our health, both in the short and longer term. Stockport, has long-standing and ongoing problems of congestion. We have areas of low air quality and we need to find ways to get more people using more sustainable modes of transport, such as public transport, walking and cycling.
There are various types of infrastructure that we need to help support development and how we live. ‘Grey Infrastructure’ can include things such as water provision, sewers/drains, sustainable drainage, information and communication technologies and energy infrastructure such as gas and electricity but also opportunities for district heating, combined heat & power, wind and hydro opportunities.
In addition, Stockport has a rich and important heritage and maintaining and improving those important buildings and structures is important. Part of ensuring that happens is striking a balance between delivering development whilst protecting what is already good about the area.
Good design will have a part to play in achieving that, but it is not just the visual element of design which is relevant but also the delivery of design which takes account of energy and low carbon issues and which contributes to sustainable development.
Green infrastructure is important in supporting development and delivering sustainable development too. This can include Green Belt land, local and strategic open space, river valleys and so on. Some of these areas of land have different roles to play, so Green Belt land, for example might be agricultural land or woodland whilst also serving its purpose as land which separates built up areas.