We are experiencing a time of increasingly rapid change. Unless we plan for that change it will be haphazard and driven from outside Marple. This makes the work of the Marple Neighbourhood Forum and, more importantly, the contributions of our Marple residents, crucially important to the future of the town.
The Marple Neighbourhood Plan sits within a complex planning framework that is in a period of significant evolution. The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) is designed to support the economic growth of Greater Manchester over the next 20 years and is currently under review after a consultation period that ended in January 2017. Sitting beneath this is the Stockport Local Plan – the initial consultation phase of which has just begun.
In addition there is a Housing Vision for Stockport, a comprehensive Stockport Housing Strategy, a Stockport Homes Older Persons Strategy and a Mill Re-Development Strategy, amongst many other public documents.
In other words the planning environment is complex to the point of being overwhelming. Our role and our opportunity within the Neighbourhood Plan is to boil all this down to two questions:
‘What Does Marple Need for the Future?’ and
‘How can our Planning Environment be influenced to deliver what we want?’.
So What Are the Main Issues?
From our Open Meetings and AGM’s and increasing consultation with Marple residents a picture is beginning to emerge of Marple’s priority Housing issues:
You may or may not agree with the points we’ve made above. Whatever your perspective we’re interested to hear what you think about future housing development in Marple. Let us know what you think via the email link on our website.
Thanks for reading.