A consultation has launched on proposals to transform Stockport’s historic Weir Mill into a £60 million mixed-use community.
The social impact developer Capital & Centric is asking locals what they think about its new plans to create up to 250 new homes at the site.
The proposals would see the mill buildings fully restored with some new build, complete with a new frontage onto the river, spaces for café-bars and shops, surrounding courtyards and green spaces, all open to the public.
Capital & Centric bought the site recently after its previous owner withdrew a planning application and is at an early stage in drawing up the plans.
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.”
Located alongside Stockport’s viaduct, Weir Mill started life as a water-powered cotton works in the late 18th century and still has its original water wheelhouse and mill building.
Capital & Centric have sent almost 5,000 households and businesses in the area a questionnaire so they can respond to its consultation, which can also be replied to online.
The first stage of the consultation will close on 14 August this year, and it is expected that a planning application will be submitted to Stockport Council by the end of the year.
The Weir Mill project forms part of Stockport’s Mayoral Development Corporation’s (MDC’s) Town Centre West regeneration zone. This will see the site sit adjacent to a new £120 million transport interchange and backed by £7 million in money from the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund.
Cllr Elise Wilson, leader of Stockport Council, 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.”
Lord Bob Kerslake, chair of the MDC, said: “The redevelopment of Weir Mill will be hugely significant for Stockport’s Town Centre West. It has the potential to re-shape the area for decades to come and set a new standard for town centre living. It’s vital that we set the bar high and create something that local people can engage with and be proud of.”
“Capital & Centric’s track record of ambitious, high-quality development makes them the ideal developer for this historic site and it’s great to see developers continuing to back Stockport as we look to build back better.”
Image: An artist’s impression of what the development at Stockport’s Weir Mill could look like. Credit: Capital & Centric