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To: Stockport Council

Don't Hide Our Viaduct: Save Weir Mill

Don't Hide Our Viaduct: Save Weir Mill

Save Stockport's iconic Grade II* listed Railway Viaduct from more concealment by a 15-storey apartment tower - part of the Weir Mill redevelopment.

Weir mill can be reused and saved by enabling development. But not at the expense of its concealment and the hiding of our famous viaduct. Remove the east tower; provide compensatory development land to the west.

Why is this important?

Famous views of the town's largest historic feature, enshrined in Lowry paintings, are being eroded by wilful siting of tall tower blocks along its eastern side, concealing the structure from most of the town centre.

The Council's own self-permitted 19 storey Interchange tower will block views on the south side of the valley, while a previous grouping at Regent House (14 storeys) blocks views to the north.

The revised (and still bad) planning and listed building consent proposals are available for scrutiny on Stockport Council's Planning website: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/find-planning-applications. Search applications for Weir Mill: references DC/072907 and 08.

How it will be delivered

Various means of petition submission to Stockport Council, Historic England and to central Government and Planning Inspectorate

Weir Mill and Railway Viaduct in Stockport.

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Reasons for signing

  • I'm all for regeneration and improvement but the viaduct is iconic. Don't block it out by building an eyesore in front of it.
  • Our town centre is again being put at risk by inappropriately scaled development. Instead of allowing the building of multi storey boxes with zero architectural merit which mask the iconic world class viaduct we should be demanding quality design which pay homage to the viaduct and the valley which it sits astride.
  • to save the iconic view of Stockport

Updates

2020-01-16 01:41:40 +0000

News from the North West today: Maryland Securities, the developers of the Grade II Weir Mill proposals that include the tower obscuring both the mill and the Grade II* viaduct, have unexpectedly sold the site to Manchester developers, Capital and Centric Ltd., in an undisclosed deal. Is this an opportunity to lobby the new owners for a revised scheme that removes the offending tower and seeks additional enabling land to the west on King Street West and incorporates locally listed Mentor House? More signatures are needed!

2020-01-12 19:06:06 +0000

Behind Weir Mill on King Street West, adjacent to the bridge, is a locally listed 1912c Edwardian Baroque brick and sandstone building called Mentor House. It was formerly the offices and workshops for the Chestergate Hat Manufacturing Co Ltd., and is one of the few remaining structures of Stockport's famous felt hat making hey day. The Council and Stockport Heritage Trust are fighting to keep this too.

2020-01-10 21:36:38 +0000

Our petition and formal objections joined other objectors e.g., the Victorian Society and Historic England, and caused Stockport Council to seek additional clarifications from the developer.

The developer's response was to dismiss our objections as raising no substantial harm and countering by proposing an increase to the height and mass of the offending tower, to which we all objected again, and pointed out the unacceptable cumulative effect of existing and proposed tall towers along the iconic viaduct viewshed.

Of great concern is that the Council is promoting the tower scheme as part of its Town Centre West strategy while supposedly assessing the scheme in planning terms.

Bearing in mind that the national status of the Victorian Society and Historic England , the application is likely to be called in by government for a public inquiry.

So the fight goes on.

2019-11-14 20:53:42 +0000

The Stockport Heritage Trust lodged its objections to the proposals with Stockport Council last night and included the 326 signature petition of concerned citizens. We concur with the objections lodged by Historic England and by the Victorian Society and will continue lobbying for a more appropriate project that respects Weir Mill and sacred views of the Viaduct

2019-11-09 19:16:15 +0000

The "public consultation" held by the developers of the Weir Mill scheme only consulted immediately local neighbors (not many) and held a 1-day exhibition - hardly up to national standards of fair play. Stockport Heritage Trust (that knows a thing or two about Weir Mill and the Viaduct) was NOT consulted.

2019-11-09 19:12:09 +0000

The Weir Mill Tower proposal was designed by Stephen Hodder, Past President RIBA (a Stockport lad) who is infamous for the design of Ryan Giggs' monster tower proposed to overlook Albert Square in Manchester.

2019-11-09 19:09:09 +0000

How fair can SMBC be in determining this planning application? Its advisors for the Town Centre West development zone (within which Weir Mill sits), Cushman & Wakefield, produced a fancy brochure to promote inward investment in the zone that features the Weir Mill / Viaduct concealing tower.

2019-11-05 21:42:42 +0000

Fighting in the dark: Stockport Council decided not to publish online other objections to the proposals. But the Trust obtained key responses from the Victorian Society among others, and was heartened to learn that it strongly objected to the scheme, on similar grounds to those expressed here.

2019-11-04 14:25:50 +0000

100 signatures reached

2019-11-04 10:44:15 +0000

50 signatures reached

2019-11-04 09:05:02 +0000

25 signatures reached

2019-11-04 06:56:15 +0000

10 signatures reached