Social impact developer CAPITAL&CENTRIC has launched consultation on its £60m plans to transform the historic Weir Mill in Stockport town centre into a thriving new mixed-use community.
Local residents are being asked what they think about the proposal to create up to 250 new homes, across the restored mill buildings and some new build, with a new frontage onto the river, spaces for café-bars, delis or independent shops, surrounding courtyards and green spaces – all open to the public.
CAPITAL&CENTRIC bought the site recently and is at an early stage of working up the plans. The previous owner had submitted a planning application, but this has been withdrawn, with a new vision being developed for the site.
Located alongside the town’s iconic viaduct, Weir Mill started off life as a water powered cotton works in the late 18th century, with the original water wheelhouse and mill building still standing today.
Adam Higgins, co-founder of CAPITAL&CENTRIC said:
“Weir Mill is an enduring icon of Stockport’s industrial past, which even inspired local artist LS Lowry. But many of the buildings are now in a pretty bad state so we have to find a viable long term use for them or risk losing them forever. Our plan is to create a thriving new town centre community, where incredible places to live sit alongside green spaces and amenities looking out across the river.
“This isn’t just going to be a development for the people that live there, we’re creating a quiet space in the town centre where you can grab a coffee and sit by the water surrounded by some of Stockport’s best historic architecture. We want to know what you’d like to see there. This could be café-bars, delis or independent shops but we’re open to ideas. So, join the conversation and tell us what you think!”
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions the developer is not holding a public event however there are other ways people can join the conversation:
• A newsletter has been sent to nearly 5000 households and businesses in the area with a tear off questionnaire
• You can also complete the questionnaire online at www.weirmill.com
• You can request a hard copy newsletter or ask a question by calling 0800 689 1095
• You can email firstname.lastname@example.org
• You can write to Freepost HAVE YOUR SAY
• Follow on social @CapitalCentric
This first stage of consultation closes on 14th August 2020. Feedback will be used to help shape the plans with a further stage of consultation after the summer. It is expected that a planning application will be submitted to Stockport Council by the end of the year.
Famed for delivering cool, innovative design and ambitious regeneration projects, this is CAPITAL&CENTRIC’s first foray into the town.
The project is part of Stockport’s Mayoral Development Corporation’s (MDC’s) ambitious plans for the town centre. Sitting within the Town Centre West regeneration zone, the Weir Mill site will be adjacent to a brand new £120m transport interchange and is backed by £7m of Housing Infrastructure Fund money from Homes England.
Stockport Council Leader, Councillor Elise Wilson said:
“It’s great to see the plans for Weir Mill moving forward and I’d encourage local people to get involved in the consultation. CAPITAL&CENTRIC are known for their focus on creating communities so this is an opportunity for local people to come together with the developer to create something really special.
“Weir Mill will really set the scene for our ambitious plans for Town Centre West and encourage more people to visit and live in the town centre. I look forward to seeing the plans as they develop.”