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Plans for Marple

by Geoff Abell on 24 September, 2017

Post summer, quite a bit is happening in planning that affects us.  Or could affect us. The big GMSF Greater Manchester plan that proposed 4 large housing areas (including High Lane) and 1 industrial area for large development across Stockport is under review.  The current idea is that consultation responses will be published and there […]

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The Wharf

by Geoff Abell on 24 September, 2017

Plans to redevelop the old warehouse building (and adjacent land) at the junction of the Macclesfield and Peak Forest Canals have been published.  This 19th century building has been unused since 2010 and the plans are to turn this listed building into a liveable area and at the same time build 7 new town houses, […]

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GMSF update

by Geoff Abell on 18 December, 2016

The consultation period is now extended until the 16 Jan 2017 See –

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High Lane 4,000 house development

by Geoff Abell on 8 December, 2016

At an extraordinary meeting of the Marple Area Committee in High Lane on Wed 30th Nov, many residents expressed concerns over this development as part of the GMSF.  Infrastructure issues such as rail, roads schools and use of Stepping Hill Hospital were mentioned.  Also air quality, road capacity and the sheer vastness of the proposed […]

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GMSF and planning in Stockport

by Geoff Abell on 21 October, 2016

Update – detailed map of High Lane area.  (Thanks to some High Lane residents for this.) Click here to download full file (note it’s 168Mb big) file/4216139 Consultation page for residents and others at –   The proposed GMSF (Greater Manchester Spatial Framework) plans have been published yesterday.   This translates the need for […]

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As councillors we are often asked what does the council own? There are now maps on our SMBC internet pages that everyone can access. Follow the link here to the SMBC home page Underneath the useful places to report missing streetlights and potholes, look for “Find It – search for local services and amenities” Enter a […]

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Marple Wharf

by Geoff Abell on 12 April, 2016

Artists impression of the proposed plans CRT/H2O has just issued a newsletter detailing how they are planning to develop the site at Marple Wharf.  The plan includes improved boating facilities for New Horizons and canal users, renovation of the Toll House which will be available for community use and a base for CRT volunteers, seven […]

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Marple Area Committee and Neighbourhood Plans

by Geoff Abell on 23 March, 2016

Open Forum debate at Area Committee.  Photo curtesy Arthur Procter Stockport Council believes that decisions affecting local areas are taken locally. That’s why we have a Marple Area Committee that does many things such as allocation of local money, presentations and deciding on some planning applications. But in order to make the process more accessible, […]

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Less UK residents own their own homes in 2015

by Geoff Abell on 24 November, 2015

Both the Telegraph and the Times report today that home ownership across the Europe, but the UK in particular, has dropped.  In the UK it is now at 64%, below France, and fourth lowest in the EU.  Continuingly rising house prices, mobile professionals, buy-to-rent and shortage of new house building are quoted as factors.

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