Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne has expressed his anger and bewilderment at the formal submission of the planning application to massively extend the Bredbury Industrial Estate deep into the Tame Valley at the Tameside-Stockport border.

The MP has long objected to the proposal to remove the land out of the protection of greenbelt designation – a process currently not concluded as the work on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, the county’s new land-use plan, has been delayed.

As a consequence of the site remaining in greenbelt, the developer will have to set out ‘exceptional circumstances’ for the development to go ahead, and it may well be the scheme is called-in by the Secretary of State for a public inquiry before any final decision is made.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“The Tame Valley is precious to the people who live around it and it’s not up for grabs. This development would destroy the ambience of the neighbouring Hulme’s Wood and Haughton Dale Nature Reserves, and it would alter the openness of the V of the Valley forever.


“Worse, it would pile additional HGV traffic onto the A6017 Stockport Road as the low railway bridge at Bredbury prevents large-sided vehicles to access the M60 at junction 25.


“Added to all of this, the latest planning data for Greater Manchester shows there’s an oversupply of land for new industrial development. As such, there’s absolutely no case for the land at Bredbury to be taken. I would urge everyone to submit an objection to the plans to Stockport Council.”

To object, people should submit their comments formally by Monday 21 October, quoting the planning application reference: DC/074399

By post: Stockport MBC, Planning Services, Stopford House, Piccadilly, Stockport SK1 3XE

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