by Lib Dem team on 4 September, 2021
Stockport Council’s Planning Department has just informed us that a planning application for Gatley Golf Club has been received and “validated” – meaning that the application meets the basic requirements of the council, not that it has been approved for building to start.
The Lib Dem team is disappointed that the developer has not done what we asked, that in advance of any formal planning application, there should be further public consultation on the detailed proposals. But since a planning application has been published, we now enter a period of consultation, managed by the council itself.
We have not yet had time to look at the application in detail (there are hundreds of pages of information), but will be doing so over the next few days. The formal wording for the application is as follows:
DC/081468, Gatley Golf Club. Outline planning permission (access only) for up to 297 dwellings, retention of the existing Heald Green Community Theatre building, retention of the existing Clubhouse to facilitate its use as a community hub (sui generis) for flexible uses within Use Class E (a)(b)(e)(g(i)) and Class F2, associated landscaping and open space and pedestrian and vehicular access from Pymgate Lane, Styal Grove, Grasmere road and Troutbeck Road.
We are sure that many residents will want to comment on the application, and you can see the information and comment online here. There are 35 documents associated with the application, covering issues including housing mix, landscape strategy, road layout and access plan, flood risk and very much more.
Any comments should be submitted via the planning page on the website, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, clearly stating the reference number DC/081468.
The law says that if we – as councillors – commit to being for or against the application, we will be unable to take part in the decision making. For this reason, we have so far avoided this, instead asking questions, pressing for more consultation and ensuring everyone is informed. We will be considering the best way to approach the application over the coming weeks.30 Comments