Property professionals and stakeholders joined the Leader of Stockport Council and Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, at the Town Centre Living Summit.
Attendees heard about Stockport’s ambitious vision for town centre housing and how the role of town centres is fundamentally changing. It was agreed there is a need for town centres to become to be places where residents can live, work, play and connect, contributing to the continued success of the immediate area and the wider town.
Residential developments like the White Lion restoration and Covent Garden Village were discussed alongside Stockport’s vision of bringing new, high quality homes, amenities and green space into the town centre, and the vital role this will play in the continued rejuvenation of the area.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “Stockport's impressive plans for redevelopment, as outlined in their Town Centre Living Summit, are mirrored by the council's ambitious and innovative Town Centre Challenge nomination. We're doing things differently here in Greater Manchester, and I want urban areas across all 10 boroughs to benefit from increased investment and renewed town centre living, remodelling our proud towns for the future.
“Stockport's plans demonstrate a clear and unambiguous ambition to become a key urban centre in South Manchester and, using my new powers as Mayor, I will lend my support in any way I can.”
Councillor Alex Ganotis, Leader of Stockport Council said: “Town centre living is changing and the demand for homes in the heart of Stockport is continually growing. This is great news and presents significant opportunities for us right here, right now to continue with our development work, making Stockport a vibrant and popular place to live, work, play and connect 24/7.
“We want to make sure that we are in a position to capitalise on this demand, and that Stockport becomes the leading town centre living location in South Manchester. At the Town Centre Living Summit we set out how we will work in partnership with investors, developers and the Mayor to accelerate our vision of new quality homes, amenities and open space for Stockport town centre.”