News & Information


Adlington Business Park Generally

The following news articles either directly relate to Adlington Business Park and Industrial Estate or the neighbouring land in South Manchester and Cheshire. These news items should have a positive effect on the investment values of properties and land in Adlington Business Park.

Dec 2014 – Poynton Relief Road Announcement - Green Route chosen and now the next steps


At the Meeting of the Cheshire East Cabinet on Tuesday 11th November 2014 it was agreed that the Green route would be taken forward as the preferred route.

Cabinet considered a report recommending a preferred route for the proposed Poynton Relief Road. The report highlighted the findings of a recent pubic consultation exercise, recommended a preferred route for the road and sought approval to undertake the further work necessary to submit a planning application for the scheme and further develop the scheme business case. The report also provided an update on recent funding successes through the Local Growth fund and the need for the Council to support, in principle, meeting the remaining funding gap. The following other related matters were also approved:

  1. that the necessary steps be taken to protect the preferred route shown in Annex A to the report from future development including introducing the necessary modifications into the Local Plan Core Strategy at the earliest opportunity
  2. requests Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council to make the necessary adjustments to its adopted development plan to protect the preferred route within SMBC
  3. acknowledges SMBC’s concerns that appropriate mitigation is provided to ensure that the impact of the Green route on properties within Stockport is managed to a level similar to that for the existing (extant) protected route
  4. agrees to remove the extant route protection for the former route of the road from the Council’s Local Plan policy once the new preferred route has been fully protected
  5. approves that the alignment of the preferred route be further developed to enable the submission of a planning application, reflecting where possible feedback received through consultation; that the business case for the scheme be developed to the next level and work be commissioned for the Phase 2 multi-modal study; and that the professional support required for these activities continue to be provided by Jacobs through the Highways Contract with Ringway Jacobs
  6. notes the findings of the A523 Route Management Feasibility Report and endorses the recommendations that local Improvements are further developed, after further local consultation ,at the following junctions independently from the main scheme:
    1. A523 London Road / Bonis Hall Lane Junction
    2. A523 London Road / Butley Town Junction
    3. A523 Adlington Cross Roads
    4. and that minor speed/safety measures are developed at the A523 at Issues Wood and at Prestbury Lane
  7. recommends that the capital budget (highlighted in Section 7 of the report) to progress the next stage of work for PRR and the complementary measures be made available, subject to the usual budget-setting process
  8. approves that officers immediately commence detailed discussions with affected landowners, local residents, businesses, parish councils and recognised community groups to refine the design details (including access arrangements and traffic management measures) and that supplementary formal consultation be undertaken to inform planning submission material
  9. approves that a ‘pre-planning application’ consultation be held and that the details and arrangements be delegated to the Head of Strategic Infrastructure in consultation with the Portfolio Holder notes the anticipated programme for the next stage of work following the outcome of the public consultation, confirms the objectives of the scheme as:
    1. To support the economic, physical and social regeneration of Poynton and the North of the Borough, in particular Macclesfield
    2. To relieve existing Village centre traffic congestion and Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and reduce traffic on less desirable roads on the wider network.
    3. To deliver a range of measures on the A523 corridor to Macclesfield that addresses road safety, congestion and mitigates the wider environmental impact of traffic.
    4. Boost business integration and productivity: improve the efficiency and reliability of the highway network, reduce the conflict between local and strategic traffic, and provide an improved route for freight and business travel.
    5. To allow improvements to the highway network for walking, cycling and public transport.
  10. to approve that a Section 8 Agreement be entered into with SMBC in order to:
    1. Allow CEC to take the lead and responsibility for managing the scheme within SMBC
    2. Be responsible for delivery of any necessary improvements within SMBC
    3. Accept liability for compensation aspects of the scheme within SMBC and that the details and arrangements be delegated to the Head of Strategic Infrastructure in consultation with the Portfolio Holder
  11. to note the Council’s success in securing £16.4m of funding for the scheme through the Local Growth fund and to authorise officers to explore additional funding opportunities; further, to note that as a reserve position, an approval for the full funding required for the scheme will be made though the Council’s budget-setting process
  12. to delegate authority to the Director of Economic Growth and Prosperity to authorise entering into licences for the purpose of gaining access to third party land for the purpose of carrying out surveys or in the event that the use of a licence is not possible or appropriate then to authorise the use of the Highway Authority’s powers to gain access to land pursuant to Sections 289-290 of the Highways Act 1980

Jul 2013 – Adlington Business Park Information
SEMMMS A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road


The proposed A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road will provide approximately 10 kilometres of new dual carriageway from the A6 near Hazel Grove (south east Stockport) to Manchester Airport via the existing A555. A new pedestrian and cycle route is proposed for the whole length of the scheme including the existing A555.

The first phase of the public consultation ran between 22nd October 2012 and 25th January 2013 and has now closed. The second phase of consultation is currently running and closes 0n July 2013.

The planning application will be developed following the public consultation and is programmed to be submitted in September 2013.

Jan 2013 – Adlington Business Park Information
Stockport SPD final Proposals


A residential-led redevelopment is considered appropriate on the site. It is calculated that this may amount to a redevelopment which includes in the region of 750 to 850 dwellings. Any redevelopment scheme should comprise a mixture of dwelling types, sizes and tenures to facilitate the creation of a balanced and mixed community, including the potential for elderly person accommodation and retirement homes. Any planning application for the redevelopment of the site will need to follow this approach or provide justification and evidence as to the alternative assumptions that it is based upon.

The Council has considered three principal options for the approach to the distribution of development on the site each of which could be delivered in accordance with relevant development plan policies so as to meet identified needs in terms of, for example, housing mix, density, open space and play provision. Any pattern of development proposed in a planning application will be required to demonstrate that it is in general conformity with all relevant development plan policies or that other material considerations exist which justify a departure from these policies.

The options are represented diagrammatically as three concepts. A series of Development Area Option Plans (A, B and C) have been prepared to illustrate how redevelopment might appear under each of these concepts.

Redevelopment proposals under any of these concepts would be expected to result in an overall net gain of openness to the Green Belt. In order to achieve this the existing buildings within the MEDS would have to be demolished with the exception of Oxford Aviation which would continue to operate from their existing premises. The land outwith the development area will be used for a range of land uses that are considered to be appropriate within the Green Belt. Under any of these concepts redevelopment proposals should not exceed the 42 hectares of the existing MEDS.

To download a pdf copy of the Final Woodford Aerodrome SPD then please click this link.

Sep 2012 – Adlington Business Park Information
Stockport SPD & Cheshire East Draft Proposals


Woodford Aerodrome site is set to become Woodford Garden Village with 950 dwellings on the Stockport part of the site and up to a further 1000 dwellings on the Cheshire East part of the site according to recent draft documents issued for consulation by Stockport MBC and Cheshire East Council.

The public are encouraged to have their say about the Woodford Garden Village proposals to have nearly 2000 dwellings on the site and send their comments to:

Stockport MBC: either in writing to Ian Harrison, Regeneration Manager, Place Directorate, Stockport MBC, Stopford House, Piccadilly, Stockport SK1 3XE or by email to:
WoodfordAerodrome@stockport.gov.uk.

Cheshire East Council: either in writing to Cllr David Brown, Cheshire East Council, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ or by email to:
LDFconsultation@cheshireeast.gov.uk.

May 2012 – Adlington Business Park Information
Latest Woodford Aerodrome Proposals


Woodford Aerodrome site may become Woodford Garden Village with 950 dwellings on the Stockport part of the site and an unknown proposal on the Cheshire East part of the site.

The recent public consultation boards that have been made available show the current proposals as put forward by Avro Heritage in conjunction with their joint venture partner Harrow Estates. Harrow Estates, part of the Redrow Group, are a specialist brownfield developer with expertise in residential master planning and regeneration.

The proposals only show details for the Stockport part of the Woodford Aerodrome site. They do not show anything on the Cheshire East part of the site. The scheme put forward on the boards proposes the merger of the two Major Existing Developed Sites (MEDS) areas to form one larger residential development area on the northern part of the Woodford Aerodrome site. Apparently the proposal will create a balanced community, with a mix of property sizes and types (both market and affordable) distributed across the site to provide local housing choice. The new village will accommodate around 950 dwellings.

As the Woodford Aerodrome site straddles the administrative boundary between Stockport & Cheshire East Councils it has been agreed that both Councils will work together in the production of a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the whole site. Apparently the SPD will have regard to the existing planning policies which are relevant to each Council, and serve as an addendum to these existing planning policies. However the current public consultation boards state that the potential for the future reuse of the Cheshire East part of the Woodford Aerodrome site and a realigned route for the Poynton Relief Road will need to be considered as part of the new Local plan for Cheshire East and explicitly not within the Supplementary Planning Document.

The public are encouraged to have their say and send their comments at this early stage either in writing to Ian Harrison, Regeneration Manager, Place Directorate, Stockport MBC, Stopford House, Piccadilly, Stockport SK1 3XE or by email to:
WoodfordAerodrome@stockport.gov.uk.

For further details of the latest proposals please see a pdf copy of the Woodford Garden Village Consultation Boards.

Apr 2012 – Adlington Business Park Information
Manchester Airport to A6 Programme Announced


The £290m A6 to Manchester Airport relief road will be constructed using the new £1.2bn infrastructure fund agreed as part of the Greater Manchester City Deal with Government recently. It will extend the current 4 km A555 on the eastern side to the A6 at Hazel Grove and the western side to Manchester Airport and the A56 spur road resulting in a 10 km long two-lane dual carriageway. A pedestrian and cycle route will be provided along the whole length including retrofitting a section to the existing 4 km section. It is understood that a proposals has been put forward to name the completed relief road "The Queen Elizabeth Way". The project is being led by Stockport Council, together with Cheshire East Council and Manchester City Council.

It is expected that a public consultation on the proposals for the scheme will take place in mid 2012, leading to a planning application being submitted before the end of 2012. A contractor should be appointed during 2013 followed by a start on site in late 2014. The road is planned to be open to traffic in early 2017.

For further details please see a pdf copy of the SEMMMS A6 to M56 Map.

Mar 2012 – Adlington Business Park Information
Woodford Aerodrome Site Public Event Meetings


There will be the opportunity for local people to take a look and have their say on the proposed master plans at two public events: Date: Friday 25 May 2012 Time: 2pm – 7pm Venue: Woodford Aerodrome Date: Saturday 26 May 2012 Time: 10am – 4pm Venue: Poynton Civic Hall . At these events you will be able to discuss the proposed master plans with representatives from Avro Heritage, Harrow Estates, Stockport Council and Cheshire East Council.

Following the public meetings Stockport Council and Cheshire East Council will jointly prepare a ‘Supplementary Planning Document’ (SPD) for the whole of the site to further guide development specifically for this site and to put forward preferred options to developers. Consultation on the SPD is proposed to take place during the Summer with the SPD formally adopted by Stockport and Cheshire East Councils later this year.

Feb 2012 – Adlington Business Park Information
Avro Heritage joint venture with Harrow Estates

Avro Heritage Ltd have formed a joint venture with Harrow Estates to develop a comprehensive vision for the future development of the site. Harrow Estates, part of the Redrow Group, are a specialist brownfield developer with expertise in residential master planning and regeneration. They will work closely with Stockport and Cheshire East Councils to determine a viable future for the site over the coming months.

Dec 2011 - Adlington Business Park Information
BAe Woodford Aerodrome Site Sold


BAe Systems Properties Ltd completed the sale of their Woodford Aerodrome site on Monday 19th December 2011 to Avro Heritage Ltd who are based in Stoke on Trent.

Dec 2011 - Adlington Business Park Information
Semmms A6 to M56 Route Published


Stockport MBC have recently issued a plan showing the section of the proposed SEMMMS relief road route from the A6 to Manchester Airport. It will be a new dual 2-lane carriageway which is approximately 10km long. There are two new sections of road that will be built from the A6 at Hazel Grove to the eastern end of the existing A555 at Woodford Road in Bramhall and from the western end of the existing A555 at Wilmslow Road in Handforth to Manchester Airport and the spur road to the M56. It is also proposed that a pedestrian and cycle route will be retrofitted to the existing 4km section of the A555.

Nov 2011 - Adlington Business Park Information
National Infrastructure Plan to be Announced


The Chancellor George Osborne is expected to use his Autumn Statement to announce a £30bn programme of investment in the UK's infrastructure as part of the government's attempt to kick-start the economy. The money is expected to be used to fund around 40 infrastructure programmes, including several new road programmes and improvements to railway services. These will include connecting the M56 at Manchester airport to the A6 south of Stockport.

Oct 2011 - Adlington Business Park Information
JCB heir to buy BAe Woodford Site


Jo Bamford, the billionaire heir to the JCB empire, is behind plans to buy BAE Systems' Woodford site. He hopes to tie-up a deal to buy the 500 acre site in the coming weeks, with a view to transforming it into film studios, housing and a leisure complex, including an equestrian centre and point-to-point race course. Woodford's historic links with the aviation industry will be maintained with the retention of the runway and the development of a new heritage centre on the site of the original Avro hanger. However, all this would have to comply with a Supplementary Planning Document being prepared by Stockport Council.

BAE has also confirmed it had received a previous approach to use Woodford as a film location, after being approached by agency Vision + Media, who had brought “senior LA production company executives” to look at it. Vision + Media yesterday issued the following statement: “We hope to continue these discussions with the new owners when the site is finally sold, as it has such potential for part use as a feature film studio.”

Oct 2011 - Adlington Business Park Information
BAe Woodford Site Film Studio


The screen agency Vision + Media is in discussions with British Aerospace Systems about turning the aircraft hangars on the Woodford site into film studios. Vision + Media published the following statement on their website: "We were in talks with BAe and Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council during their decommissioning process regarding the possibility of renting the space out from them to house film crews until the site was sold. Last year we ran the first out of London inward mission into the North West for senior LA production company executives, which was a huge success and we have been in talks with these production companies about the site for a number of projects. We hope to continue these discussions with the new owners when the site is finally sold, as it has such potential for part use as a feature film studio."

Sep 2011 - Adlington Business Park News
Poynton Bypass Route Changes


Cheshire East Council's Place Shaping Snapshot Report for Poynton contains the following statement about the Poynton Bypass: "the Semmmms report recommended the provision of a bypass for Poynton however its construction is linked to, and reliant upon, the building of the final section of the Manchester Airport Eastern Link Road (MAELR) and finance for that has not yet been agreed. A smaller scheme is currently being discussed which may provide a relief road for Woodford and Poynton, from the end of the A555 to the A523 north of Adlington, in connection with the redevelopment of part of the BAe Woodford Aerodrome site"

Aug 2011 - Adlington Development Information
Semmms Route Developments


Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council in partnership with Cheshire East Council, Manchester City Council and Manchester Airport Group announce they are committed to developing the Semmms scheme from the A6 to Manchester Airport and are currently progressing to confirm funding.

Aug 2011 - Adlington Development News
BAe Woodford Site Report:


The final design workshop report for the BAe Woodford site has been published by Taylor Young.

Jul 2011 - Adlington Cheshire Information
BAe Woodford Site Meeting


An audience of over 150 people attended the public meeting consultation on the future of the BAe Woodford site. Presentations were displayed in public exhibitions that were held by the landowner BAe Systems in May and June. Consultation on the proposed Special Planning Document (SPD) will take place later this year and it will be formally adopted in spring 2012.

Jun 2011 - Adlington Cheshire News
BAe Woodford Site SPD


Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council and Cheshire East Council fund a design enquiry to develop the Special Planning Document (SPD) for the Britsh Aerospace Systems Woodford site.

May 2011 - Adlington Park Information
BAe Woodford Site Event


A Public Involvement Event for the BAe Woodford site was organised by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council and Cheshire East Council to present the work that had been done to date to a public audience. They also requested that the local residents and communities become engaged in the decision making process.

Mar 2011 - Adlington Park News
BAe Woodford Site Closure


The British Aerospace factory in Woodford closed down all production work in March 2011.