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To: The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Don't Hide Our Viaduct: Save Weir Mill

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Don't Hide Our Viaduct: Save Weir Mill

Save Stockport's iconic Grade II* listed Railway Viaduct from more concealment by cumulative impact of high-rise apartments as part of the Weir Mill redevelopment. The mill can be reused and saved by enabling development, and the rest of C&C's proposals have merit. But not at the expense of the iconic viaduct's concealment from the town centre. We want the developers to revise the scheme moving the east tower to the western side of the viaduct i.e., from one plot of council land to another in compensation. Ours is a win-win proposal.

Why is this important?

Famous views of the town's largest historic feature, enshrined in Lowry paintings, are being eroded by willful 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 of the viaduct on the south side of the valley, while a previous grouping at Regent House (14 storeys) blocks views to the north. Capital and Centric's 14-storey tower takes out both central and oblique views.

How it will be delivered

Various means of petition submission have taken place addressed to Capital and Centric PLC., Stockport Council, Historic England, the Secretary of State LUHC., and, if necessary, to the Planning Inspectorate.

Wear Mill, Chestergate, Stockport SK3 0AG, UK

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Reasons for signing

  • Please sign this petition to hslp stop this disgusting edifice being built.
  • to honour the blood sweet and tears of the men who built these structures
  • The proposed compromise is a far better solution...

Updates

2021-11-05 14:28:35 +0000

Dear Petitioners: many thanks for your support. However, news today is that we are finally defeated. The offending tower will be built.

We received the following text on 5 November 2021 from the Ministry of Levelling-up, Housing and Communities: "The Government remains committed to giving more power to councils and communities to make their own decisions on planning issues and believe that planning decisions should be made at the local level wherever possible. The call-in policy makes it clear that the power to call in a case will only be used very
selectively. The Secretary of State has decided, having had regard to this policy, not to call in these applications. He is satisfied that the applications should be determined at a
local level." Stockport Council has already resolved to allow the scheme and, in fact, is funding it with a commercial loan. It will now proceed with a start date planned for February 2022.

2021-10-14 00:31:22 +0100

Today, Stockport Council will approve a £60 million loan to developer Capital & Centric to deliver the Weir Mill scheme that incorporates a 14-storey tower block that will block iconic views of the Grade II* listed railway viaduct from the town centre, and limit views of the town from 4-6 million rail passengers. The loan decision comes long after the Council received debenture stock from Capital and Centric (Rose) Ltd. Nobody else wants to loan money to the scheme, despite a £7 million grant from Homes England, because as the District Valuer states, the scheme is not financially viable in the short to medium term. The DV also found strange calculations in C&C’s figures, and recommended that the Council seek independent quantity surveying advice on the project costs. C&C bought the semi-derelict buildings and land for £3 million, which some folks would argue was over the odds. Now the case is in the hands of the Minister to decide to allow the scheme or call it in for a Public Inquiry.

2021-09-30 19:42:52 +0100

Stockport Council's Planning and Highways Committee unanimously voted today to grant planning permission and listed building consent (the latter, subject to referral on heritage matters to the Secretary of State) for the entire Weir Mill scheme. While acknowledging that harm would be levied by the eastern tower on the character and appearance of the Grade II* listed viaduct, the Council’s view remains that this impact would be “less than substantial” and offset in a balance of public benefits by increased housing provision, urban regeneration, the repair of two Grade II listed buildings, and by the provision of riverbank open space. Stockport Heritage Trust’s position remains the same: that the harmful 14-storey tower’s relocation to a site west of the viaduct, in a land-swop of council land, would retain all these benefits and preserve iconic views of the viaduct. The council failed to take account of the cumulative impact of towers proliferating between the viaduct and town centre.

2021-09-22 23:14:04 +0100

When reporting to Council committees on the planning proposals, officers tend to underplay the District Valuer's report (27 August 2021) which states that the current scheme, with the offending 14-storey east tower, is NOT financially viable in the short- to medium- term, and may only work as a long-term investment when sold to others (e.g., investment firms). The DV was not provided with any firm written proof that Homes England would withdraw its HIF grant entirely if the tower was not built, nor that the grant would be reduced if a lower tower was built. He / She also found it strange that the developers’ construction cost estimates get larger if a shorter tower is built (para 7.2.6). The DV suggests ‘value engineering’ (cost savings) would help the valuations and that the Council ought to have independent construction costs advice on the plans. There is also a query over the £3.9m land costs associated with the scheme. Was the semi-derelict site worth so much?

2021-09-20 22:57:08 +0100

Looks like Stockport Council are minded to grant planning permission and listed building consent on 30th September 2021. However, because of the objections, the case has to be referred to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government and we shall make representations to DLHCLG at the appropriate time with a view to the minister calling in the scheme, preferably for a local public inquiry.

2021-09-14 02:05:11 +0100

As of 13 September 2021, petition statistics: 2,856 (77.7%) of the current total of 3,678 signatures are from Stockport: chiefly from postcode districts SK1 thru SK7, with substantial numbers also from SK9, SK12, SK14 and SK23. A further 292 (8%) signatures are from Manchester, with additional double-digit contributions from Blackburn, Bolton, Oldham and Wigan. Other entries expressing national concern for the fate of the viaduct come from all across the UK: from as far away as Kirkwall, Jersey, Norwich, Truro and the Isle-of-Man, with especially strong representations coming from the historic railway towns of Crewe, Derby, Preston, Sheffield, and Stoke. Around 96 (2.6%) petitioners provided postcode data to the 38-degrees petition website but preferred to omit their full address information under data protection law. The Weir Mill project will be considered by SMBC’s Central Area Committee on 16th September with a Planning and Highways Committee decision on 30th September 2021.

2021-09-13 23:25:01 +0100

Stockport Council's Heatons and Reddish Area Committee met today and supported the current Weir Mill scheme. Officers admitted that council land was involved in the project; that the project was barely financially viable, even with the £7m Government grant; and that the proposed east Tower would do harm to views of the Grade II* listed viaduct, “less than substantial harm, nonetheless at the higher end of harm” (a legal nicety). Councillors understood the objections to the east tower, arguing that the Mersey Square view was already wrecked by extant high-rise Regent House (previously approved by the council), consoling objectors that they could still see uninterrupted viaduct views from the M62 and B&Q car park (west of the town centre), and thought that the scheme was the only way to save the Grade II listed Weir Mill and regenerate a decayed area of the town. “There is a price to progress,” one stated.

2021-09-10 00:41:27 +0100

Investigations reveal that 2/3rds of the offending East Tower footprint would stand on Council land that appears to have been sold to Capital and Centric on a deferred repayment basis, linked to the previously-mentioned debenture. No claim of wrong-doing here: a standard land transaction. However, this has not been made clear during the planning process so far, and we've asked the Council to clear this up. Also, this is an issue where our suggested land swap could still be facilitated for little cost, and quicken the planning result by withdrawal of objections if the tower was moved to the west.

2021-09-03 19:07:47 +0100

According to Companies House records: Weir Mill owners, Capital and Centric, have subdivided their assets into over 25 small, single-site entities. That for Weir Mill is called Capital and Centric (Rose) Ltd. The records show that Stockport Council appears to have a financial interest, by way of a Debenture, in the project. A debenture is an instrument used by a lender when providing capital to companies and enables the lender to secure loan repayments against the borrower’s assets. Thus, the Council appears to have a vested interest in the project upon which it is considering planning approval.

2021-09-03 18:50:01 +0100

Decision-making begins: Stockport Council committees will consider the planning and listed building consent applications on 13th September (Heatons & Reddish Committee); 16th September (Central Area Committee) and 30th September (Planning & Highways Committee). We will submit a hard copy of this petition next week. Please encourage relations, friends and neighbours to sign as soon as possible.

2021-09-02 22:35:11 +0100

The Council's portal www.stockport.gov.uk/find-planning-applications contains the District Valuers report (27 August 2021) on the financial viability of C&C's Weir Mill scheme [search "current" applications, "Weir Mill" then click the first entry]. The report states that the Weir Mill scheme will NOT be commercially viable - even with heavy public subsidy from Homes England - in the short-to-medium term. Its economic viability relies on selling the site after construction to a long-term investor (i.e., often foreign sovereign funds). The DV appears to suggest that the longer anybody waits to revalue the site, the better the figures should become. But there are uncertainties due to pandemics, Brexit, inflation etc. We believe that the scheme is financially marginal but will be politically justified whatever the figures say. If so, move the offending east tower away from viaduct with a Council land exchange. Any costs will do, so long as the project is not revalued for a long time.

2021-07-28 01:46:47 +0100

The UK has very few legally "protected views" of buildings, monuments or town centres whose familiar, cherished appearance are desirable to preserve and enhance. Views of London's St Paul's Cathedral from Parliament Fields and Richmond Hill are enshrined in law. And the river frontage in Liverpool was provided with UNESCO World Heritage Site status for its "outstanding, universal values" representative of Maritime and Mercantile Heritage. But no longer. This week UNESCO removed Liverpool's WHS status because of the irreversible loss of heritage attributes caused by inappropriate and unsuitable developments. Many of which visually obscured the city's primary listed buildings. How will visitors and residents feel if the Weir Mill and Interchange towers are built to obscure our familiar, cherished views of the viaduct?

2021-06-16 17:03:17 +0100

Map displayed shows all land assets owned by Stockport Council near and around the Weir Mill site (ringed top right in red) - taken from www.stockport.gov.uk/stockport-council-land-and-assets-map. We argue that it is within SMBC's power and remit, as supported by the GM Mayoral Development Corporation, to engineer land swaps and other facilities to allow the mill developer Capital and Centric to build its 14-storey tower enabling development west of the Grade II* listed viaduct to avoid ruining iconic town centre views. Lord Kerslake, who chairs the Development Corporation, is also vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conservation, Places and People - and ought to know that better conservation can be achieved through lateral thinking, ingenious actions and good design manners.

2021-05-24 21:49:30 +0100

You can also lobby local ward councillors including: [email protected] ; [email protected] ; [email protected] ; [email protected] ; [email protected] ; and [email protected]

2021-05-24 21:46:15 +0100

24 may 2021: its crunch time! Now that the Labour Party has retained its reign on power in the borough of Stockport (strangely, with help of eight Conservative councillors), council processes will recommence with consideration of the Capital & Centric scheme, including the offending east tower, by relevant committees. Please spread word of this petition to others who may not have signed it. You can also register your own objection by emailing [email protected] citing reference DC/079225 & 6. Please ensure that you include your name and postal address with any email. Or write to Stockport Council Planning Department, Fred Perry House, Edward St., Stockport SK1 3UR citing the reference codes provided above for Weir Mill, Stockport SK3 0DT.

2021-04-13 21:34:52 +0100

On Thursday 15 April 2021, Stockport Council's Economy & Regeneration Scrutiny Committee will endorse continuing plans and resources to support the Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation - to the tune of £500,000 pa and use of a £100 million investment fund - to regenerate Town Centre West. Additionally, Greater Manchester Combined Authority brownfield housing funds seem also to be available - £6 million of which has gone to supporting the new residential developments planned at the Royal George, St Thomas's and Interchange sites. So why can't some of this money go towards land swaps and development subsidies to remove Capital & Centric's 14-storey tower from obstructing the iconic views of Stockport's grade II* viaduct?

2021-03-21 18:57:42 +0000

Colleagues at SAVE Britain's Heritage reminded us that, as long ago as 1979, in their seminal publication and traveling exhibition, "Satanic Mills" that raised awareness of the country's rich heritage of industrial sites and views, they recalled damage to iconic views of Stockport Viaduct by the first horrid tower at Regent House. See pages 12-14 in: https://www.conservationtech.com/RL%27s%20resume&%20pub%27s/RL-publications/Milltowns/1979-Satanic-Mills/SATANIC-MILLS-recognized.pdf

2021-03-11 17:05:02 +0000

The Victorian Society has formally objected to the tower. Being a statutory amenity society of specialist heritage experts, its objections raise the prospect of the case being referred to central government ministers if Stockport Council are minded to grant permissions for the scheme.

In a separate and equally supportive development, local M.P. Nav Mishra just released a press release calling on the Council to rethink its support for the tower, arguing that space for enabling development to save the mill is available further west - without spoiling views of the beloved viaduct. See www.navendumishra.co.uk/2021/03/11/statement-on-the-weir-mill-development/

2021-03-05 22:29:23 +0000

Stockport Heritage Trust reached out to Historic England to obtain a copy of it's views on the proposals (since Stockport Council will not publish public comments on the its planning web portal). Salient points are (i) the proposed new tower is identified to harm the ability to appreciate the viaduct and would diminish the viaduct's townscape value (ii) the proposals as a whole would result in a high-level of harm to the Grade II mill, medium-level harm to the Grade II* viaduct and would impact the important contribution that the viaduct makes to Stockport's townscape value (iii) the viaduct is of exceptional historic interest (iv) the tower would be a considerable visual intrusion when seen from the east. It would diminish the viaduct's prominence and harm its historic and evidential values.

2021-02-12 20:54:10 +0000

Updated image attached. This shows the Council's planned Interchange "Park" on the roof of the proposed bus station. We left tree and shrub planting boxes out of the constructed image to provide a 'naked' view of impacts on the Viaduct scene. But in reality, much of this view will be obscured from sight by tree foliage for 75% of the year.

2021-02-12 17:32:53 +0000

Stockport Heritage Trust lodged objections to the tower proposals and delivered the petition of nearly 3,000 signatures to Stockport Council today. The 14-storey tower would obstruct iconic views of the Grade II* listed viaducts, especially when combined with the existing Regent House, the planned Interchange development, and future plans for offices along the hillside to the railway station. Equally important are views of Stockport’s historic town centre and key landmarks seen from trains passing over the viaducts that would also be lost.
While the Trust accepts the need for enabling development to help fund the rehabilitation of the Grade II listed Weir Mill, it objects to the 14-story eastern tower. There are ample vacant sites within the Council’s Town Centre West development zone, including some owned by the Council, that could be provided by the Council and/or the Mayoral Development Commission to facilitate a more benign Weir Mill development without impacting the viaduct.

2021-02-11 16:15:21 +0000

New image above, created on behalf of the Stockport Heritage Trust, to illustrate the combined, cumulative impact of developments proposed for the east side of the listed Viaduct. View from Wellington Bridge - at left, Stockport Council's own Interchange tower; centre foreground - the park landscaped roof of the Interchange bus station; centre right, the Weir Mill Tower; and far right, the existing Regent House. The view of the Viaduct is chopped off at its knees by the Interchange park, and to the left, centre and rights obscured by towers.

2021-02-08 00:33:18 +0000

Many thanks for all the sign-ups this last few weeks! Spreading the word has been great. But we now have over 100 or more "signatures" without postcode information that limits their impact, and diminishes the effectiveness of statistics - opponents, for example, may claim that parts of the petition could be fictional. Please provide surnames and postcodes if at all possible.

2021-01-23 22:26:34 +0000

If you have previously signed this petition, you need not do so again. Your signature already counts! But please spread word about this site and encourage all those who love Stockport and its viaduct to sign here.

This petition website does not allow us to illustrate the context with more than one photograph. And the developer's CGI image above, only shows potential visual damage to an iconic viaduct view from a perspective to the east. But had you also considered views of the town centre from passing trains on the viaduct? Millions of commuters and inter-city passengers enjoy Stockport's townscape every day (pre- and post- COVID). But much of the town will be concealed from view by the Weir Mill and Interchange towers.

2021-01-23 22:19:02 +0000

Capital & Centric's plan for Weir Mill and its enabling development were submitted to Stockport Council on 23 December 2020, and loaded onto the Council's website planning portal between 15-21 January 2021.
The plans have not changed, despite reservations expressed to C&C by the Stockport Heritage Trust and Historic England. The east tower, shown in the picture at the top of this petition, still blocks views of the Grade II* viaducts - especially when views from the town centre are further obstructed by the existing Regent House, and by the forthcoming Interchange and its tower to the south.
You can object to the tower by submitting comments to Stockport Council on the planning portal: using the reference 079225 by visiting https://planning.stockport.gov.uk/PlanningData-live/, pressing the button for Finding Planning Applications, tapping the Status button and choosing Current. Then adding the reference number in the slot for "Search" (keywords) to locate the application.

2020-11-13 18:54:23 +0000

Capital and Centric have just issued publicity for their revised design to regenerate Weir Mill, and it is for the most part well-designed and thoughtful in scale and content west of the railway. But it still retains a 14-storey apartment tower on the east side that conceals the viaduct from the town centre, particularly due to cumulative impacts with other tall towers at the Interchange site and at Regents House to the north.
A win-win situation would be if Stockport Council and the Mayoral Development Corporation used their powers and resources to free up additional alternative land on the west side of the viaduct, near to Weir Mill, for low- to mid- rise substitute accommodation so that the tower need not be built.
If this cannot be achieved, then objections to the tower will be submitted to the Planning Department when applications for listed building consent and planning permission are submitted in the near future.

2020-07-27 22:28:23 +0100

New Owners, Capital and Centric are reaching out to the public, laudably, with a pre-design consultation. See www.weirmill.com for details. Ask questions and give your opinions by emailing [email protected] by 14th August 2020.

C&C's initial concept (no plans yet) seems to be a reduced housing / mixed use project from that proposed by the previous owners, with apartments now limited to 250 rather than the 297 flats that architect Hodder had intended. Hopefully, eliminating the need for any tower that obscures the Mill or the viaduct?

2020-05-21 16:15:39 +0100

Capital and Centric PLC., the new owners of the Weir Mill site, took the bold step yesterday and withdrew the current planning and listed building consent applications that included the offending Hodder tower. New architects have been appointed. A scheme of reduced size is being planned. And a new planning application will be submitted to Stockport Council in due course. We do not know at this stage whether the developer intends to discard the tower concept altogether (best option from our perspective), move it to another location (furthest to the west is one consideration) or retain a tower in the enabling development. Watch this space.

2020-04-22 23:49:34 +0100

Members of the Stockport Heritage Trust were graciously consulted today by the development team behind another (unrelated) planning scheme - Royal George Village, behind the War Memorial / Art Gallery on the former College site. The team's use of laser scan surveys to map impacts of new buildings in the area, as part of their validated Tall Buildings Assessment report was exemplary. Contrast this with the Stockport Interchange and Weir Mill tower schemes, where the architects went out of their way to obscure tall building implications. Not a level playing field for planning submissions and decision-making, as we'll make plain to the Planning Inspectorate.

2020-04-18 16:32:23 +0100

Revised image to show iconic view being lost if the Hodder Tower is built in the current proposals. Photo by Eric de Mare (1910-2002) taken in 1954. Image in public domain at Historic England archives.

2020-04-07 09:57:02 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2020-04-05 18:46:22 +0100

Since Stockport Council have yet to determine the planning case, and appear instead to be in negotiations with the developers and Greater Manchester Mayor's development commission over the amount of public subsidy for the scheme, petitioners might like to object directly to the tower in the project via the Council's planning portal at: https://planning.stockport.gov.uk/PlanningData-live/simpleSearchResults.do?action=firstPage

2020-04-04 22:30:05 +0100

Revised image attached at head of this website illustrates the height of the proposed tower next to the Grade II* listed Viaduct. Apartment owners with flats facing the viaduct piers would have zero views. Those in the tallest part of the tower, facing west would have millions of rail commuters looking into their homes instead of enjoying Stockport's townscape.

2020-03-29 22:00:46 +0100

Ex-pat Stockport folks seem to be prevented from signing the petition by 38-Degrees operating system. For those wishing to sign, but prevented from doing so, please send your name, country and post code to me at [email protected]

2020-03-27 16:31:59 +0000

According to the Planning Statement issued by the developers' planning consultants in March 2019 (p15 para 5.16), the offending tower was originally planned for the west side of the viaduct but then, after consultation with Stockport council, was to be moved to the east side and raised in height. But by October 2019, and the submission of the revised planning application, the tower design was back on the east side, facing the town centre, hiding the Mill and Viaduct, and raised in height to 14 storeys. So who influenced this decision? Was it to align with the Council's own Town Centre West plans, already published with an illustration of the planned tower on the east side? Did the Council change its mind and suggest this to bolster arguments for the erection of its own tall Interchange tower further south? The council does not seem to have an urban design strategy for the Mersey Gorge and valley at the heart of the town centre.

2020-03-27 16:19:40 +0000

As of today, we have 886 signatures on the petition. In contrast, the original developers' "consultation" process made a leaflet drop to 100 nearby premises, and held a "public exhibition" for 5 hours at Stockport's Masonic Guildhall. So much for engagement with interested parties at an early stage (Planning Policy Guidance).

2020-03-24 21:07:04 +0000

Please add your post codes to your signatures to held validate the petition and provide us with data on the geographic spread of our support.

2020-03-22 19:45:21 +0000

New image from developer's planning application reveals how the tower will hide the Grade II listed mill and partially hide the Grade II* Viaduct. What the image does not show is the council's own Interchange Tower, planned for far right of view that will also hide the viaduct.

2020-03-13 15:51:54 +0000

Stockport Council issued artists' renderings yesterday of the new bridge for the pedestrian / cycle route from the rail station to the new Stockport Interchange bus station. The renderings studiously avoided views of the looming 19 storey tower at the interchange. The view north alluded to long views across the Grade II* viaduct. But those views will be blocked if the current Weir Mill tower proposal is built, as it blocks central views.

2020-03-02 17:00:46 +0000

Bad news today from Stockport Council that the new owners of Weir Mill, Capital and Centric, are continuing with the former owners' planning application including the Hodder design for a tower concealing the mill and viaduct from the town centre. Stockport Heritage Trust has contacted other objectors to continue the fight to a public inquiry. Please raise more signatories for the petition. Lets reach 1,000 in the next few weeks?

2020-01-25 20:56:48 +0000

The Trust reached out to Capital & Centric and received a cordial response stating that its plans were at an early stage. We understand that C&C met with senior officers and councillors in Oct 2019 to take soundings. But no further announcements have been made and the current planning application appears to be in abeyance. Meanwhile, at a strategic level, the results of the Council's consultation on its Town Centre West regeneration framework was reported to SMBC and is on the council's website at the following URL: http://democracy.stockport.gov.uk/documents/g26524/Public%20reports%20pack%2012th-Nov-2019%2018.00%20Cabinet.pdf?T=10. The public want heritage preserved and reused; not damaged or hidden from view; new buildings and their siting should pay homage to the viaducts.

2020-01-22 11:57:11 +0000

500 signatures reached

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