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!
To: Stockport Council
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