Last updated on March 24, 2022
The projects will all help unlock Cheadle’s economic potential, promote clean growth and address connectivity and congestion challenges in the region.
Stockport Council, on behalf of the Cheadle Towns Fund Board, today submitted a business case for three transformation projects in Cheadle to the Government, following extensive consultation with the public, businesses and partners in the industry.
The submitted projects are:
- New Rail Station – will link Cheadle to the regional public transport network, transforming accessibility to Stockport town center and beyond. It will also improve connectivity along the Mid Cheshire line. It will feature a single 100m long platform with covered waiting areas, departure boards and live ticket machines, as well as covered parking for bicycles, charging stations for electric vehicles and a provision for disabled users. The Commission has worked closely with partners from the railway industry to carry out this project. A planning application must be filed in the coming weeks.
- Cycle and walking route – this strategic north-south route will promote sustainable travel and link Cheadle to its High Street and new railway station. It will also connect to wider cycle lanes on Manchester Road and Abney Hall Park and complement other improvements to promote healthy and clean travel options.
- Cheadle Eco Business Park – this scheme will provide approximately 110,000 square feet of high quality employment space which will set an example for low carbon technologies and clean energy generation in an industrial park. The Eco Business Park will accelerate the green business sector, providing quality jobs for the future. It will generate economic growth and foster growth in key sectors of the local economy. Initial stakeholder engagement and market research recognized high demand for such employment spaces and a gap in current supply.
The projects will all help unlock Cheadle’s economic potential, promote clean growth and address connectivity and congestion challenges in the region while supporting the council’s ambitious CAN (Climate Action Now) strategy.
Marge Falconer, Chair of the Cheadle Town Board, said: “The Board has worked tirelessly since the start of 2020 to drive these groundbreaking projects for Cheadle forward. We have worked closely with the local community and stakeholders to ensure they fully reflect local needs. Together they will unlock the fantastic potential of the Cheadle. We all look forward to their delivery in the years to come.
Cllr David Meller, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council and Councilor for Cheadle Hulme North, said: ‘I am delighted that on behalf of Cheadle Borough Council we have now submitted our game-changing plans for Cheadle , which have long been a local ambition. We are eager to get there and ready to do these transformative projects using government money. I’m really excited to see how these proposals will benefit not just Cheadle but all of Stockport for generations to come.
A further public consultation took place in October 2021 to seek further feedback on the station and the walk and cycle plans and feedback suggested there was overwhelming support for the designs presented.
Subject to government approval, it is hoped to launch the bike and walk project later this year, with work on the station and Eco Business Park due to begin in 2024.
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