Didsbury Road, Heaton Mersey
- Site Context
- Planning Policy
- Your Views
Welcome to this consultation website, hosted by Anwyl Partnerships. It sets out our proposed redevelopment of the former Focus School site at Didsbury Road, Heaton Mersey, and gives you the opportunity to comment on these plans.
The proposals include 10 semi-detached dwellings and 72 extra care apartments for those aged 55 and over.
The apartments will be designed to facilitate an independent lifestyle in a safe environment that can also accommodate a range of care needs for residents. The development comprises a mixture of 1 and 2 bedrooms, including communal areas, landscaping and parking.
This website provides the local community with information on the site, its context and details of the proposals. It will also provide you with a platform to submit your comments and suggestions. Note that these designs are subject to change, so check the website for the latest updates.
The proposed development site is located in Heaton Mersey, in close proximity to the District Centre, 2 miles west from Stockport Centre. Access is provided off Didsbury Road.
The site covers an area of approximately 1.36 hectares fronting on to Didsbury Road. It is a former school campus with the vacant buildings still remaining. The site rises from the east to the west, following Didsbury Road. There is a plateau to the north of the site and falls to the south, where the former playing fields are located. There are some trees along both the western and eastern boundaries and it is intended that these are retained where possible.
The site is bounded to the west by houses accessed off Masefield Drive, and to the south by a housing development on Tennyson Close There are older semi-detached houses to the east.
The site is located in ‘Predominantly Residential Area’ which allows for new residential development. An application for 34 dwellings was approved in principle in September 2020. However, the proposals cannot be delivered due to viability concerns. The image below shows the reduced footprint of Anwyl’s proposals in red against the approved scheme.
The proposal for 72 apartments and 10 semi-detached dwellings is a viable solution to the site, which will also make a significant contribution to the pressing housing need. The Council’s 2019 Housing Needs Assessment states that there is a need for 2,414 more homes of specialist older person dwellings such as extra care and retirement housing and an increase of around 740 homes residential care dwellings.
There are a number of site constraints which have influenced the design of the proposals. These include:
- Steep site topography
- Distances to surrounding development
- Access to the site
- Trees on the eastern and western boundaries
The proposals will assist the Council in meeting its housing needs through the delivery of new homes on previously developed land. It also creates the opportunity to:
- Visually improve the site from existing vacant school buildings;
- Plant trees along the southern, western and eastern boundaries to enhance the landscaping;
- Create new areas of public open space to the south west corner of the site
The proposal will provide 72 modern apartments for older people, which will encourage an independent lifestyle in a safe environment for occupants aged over 55 years. The scheme will provide a variety of care needs tailored for the new residents. The apartments will include:
- Residents’ lounge
- Roof garden
- Buggy storage
The framework of the site has been informed by extensive assessment of the viewpoints. Given the design, the site will only appear as a single storey from Didsbury Road, sitting lower than the original built form. The site has been developed to ensure no issues with privacy or overlooking occur between the proposed building and neighbouring properties. This includes the 10 semi-detached dwellings as part of the proposals fronting on to Didsbury Road.
The apartments reach 4 storeys in parts, with a flat, split level garden roof for residents. The 3 storey component will be designed as a green roof, creating amenity open space for the residents. Additional open space will be provided at ground level.
It is proposed that the external walls of the apartments are finished in a light brick, with a contrasting darker brick to the eastern 4 storey block to break up the mass of the building. The houses on the other hand will be built with a red brick to reflect the existing streetscape.
We invite your comments and suggestions at this initial stage in the design process so we can better understand the site and the needs of the local community. Local Councillors and the Planning Department have been informed of the proposals.
You can submit comments using the form below or by post to the following address: Anwyl House, Clos Dewi Sant, St David’s Park, Ewloe, Flintshire, CH5 3DT.
Your views and suggestions will help to inform the final development proposals and may be referred to as part of a finalised design for the planning application.
Please note that they will be forwarded to Stockport Borough Council as part of the Statement of Community Involvement. This document will include all correspondence received, including personal details such as postcodes, where these have been provided. Personal details such as names, addresses and email addresses will be omitted from this document. This ensures all comments received are available to the Council during the consideration of the application. As the SCI forms part of the formal application documents, the Council may publish this information online, subject to their own Data Protection policies. Likewise, should the application be referred to the Planning Inspectorate in the form of an Appeal, this information may again be published online, subject to their Data Protection policies.