A tower block rises above Stockport’s iconic viaduct, while below people relax in a trendy cafe bar designed around the town’s industrial heritage.
Nearby, historic mill buildings are given a new lease of life as modern apartments, providing town centre homes for hundreds of new residents.
At present this remains only a vision for Weir Mill captured in striking new images released by developer Capita and Centric.
But with the regeneration specialists lining up a planning application for the Grade II listed waterfront site, it could soon become a reality.
The £60m project is one of the to first come forward under the Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) – which seeks to transform ‘Town Centre West’ into a new urban village, boasting 3,500 homes.
Proposals to breathe new life into the derelict site include creating more than 250 one across the existing mill buildings and two new blocks.
Meanwhile the ‘west shed’ would become a new indoor space with exposed brick, vaulted arches and sky lights.
And – after holding a ‘Weir Mill Sunday Social’ event with Foodie Friday – the developer is also proposing to retain the old cast iron columns of the weavers’ shed, creating an outdoor riverside venue for street markets, DJ sets and live music events.
After receiving an ‘incredible’ response to its first consultation, Capital and Centric is now inviting residents to have their say on the updated plans.
Co-founder Tim Heatley said: “People really want to see Weir Mill restored and loved the idea of opening it back up for local people to enjoy.
“We had loads of great feedback on what sort of operators should locate there – from café bars to restaurants to a tap room – but the main thing was that they should be independent, which is right up our street!”
He added: “Yes, this is about creating amazing places to live in a really accessible location right in the heart of the town, but it’s also about securing the long-term future of Weir Mill.
“The buzz that we had around our Sunday Social just goes to show how much people are crying out for somewhere cool to hang out. We’re super excited about the plans to use the industrial heritage of the site and create some awesome indoor and outdoor spaces for live events, markets and pop ups.”
Council leader Elise Wilson is also encouraging people to have their says on the proposals.
She said: “It’s great to see these ambitious plans for Weir Mill taking shape. This site is important in the regeneration of Town Centre West and the wider town centre.
“Involving the local community is really important so I’d encourage local residents to get involved in this second consultation and have their say on the plans.”
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions the developer is not holding a public event however there are other ways people can join the conversation:
- A newsletter has been sent to nearly 5000 households and businesses in the area with a tear off questionnaire
- Residents can also complete the questionnaire online at www.weirmill.com
- An online Q&A will be at 6pm tomorrow (Wednesday) . Details of how to register are available on the website.
- People can request a hard copy newsletter or ask a question by calling 0800 689 1095
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write to Freepost HAVE YOUR SAY
The second consultation closes on Wednesday, December 2
Capita and Centric says feedback will be used to help shape the final planning application it submits to Stockport Council.