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Latest News via Woodford Community Council e-Newsletter

The WCC is now issuing e-mail newsletters and newsflashes to keep residents updated on the latest news in the community. You can sign up for this service or view past newsletters here.


Click on a heading to go straight to the individual news items.




Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) Proposals

Join us to fight the green belt grab

Rally to Save Greater Manchester’s Green Belt

Statement on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

Save Our Greenbelt Walk

Save Our Greenbelt

Cheshire East Local Plan – Revised Local Plan Strategy Consultation

Award for our Website Producer Mike Gallagher

Poynton Relief Road

Greater Manchester’s Spatial Framework

Woodford Neighbourhood Forum AGM

A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road (Sept 2015)

Last Ever Vulcan Flypast

Three Decades of Care at Southfield House

Exhibition - Vision for the Future of Woodford

Village News Archive (Pre 2015)


Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF)


The formal consultation on the first draft of the GMSF proposals ended in January 2017. Well over 25,000 responses were submitted and these are currently being inputted into the system, so that they will all be accessible on line.


At the GM Combined Authority /AGMA Executive Board meeting held on 31st March 2017, it was stated that in the light of the number of responses received, the time needed to evaluate them would be extended by six weeks and extra staff would be taken on to undertake the work. It was expected that the Plan would change as a result of the responses received and that it would prioritize brown field developments, whilst ensuring that there was the right mix of new homes needed by the population. The next stage would be a revised Plan, called the Publication Plan, which would be issued in September 2017, and there would be a further period of public consultation lasting three months. The Publication Plan would then be subject to approval by each of the ten Councils of Greater Manchester. However, the Authority believed that it was still on track to submit the Spatial Framework to the Secretary of State by June 2018.


Click here for all background information to date.




Save Woodford’s Green Belt is an informal group of residents, formed around the members of Woodford Community Council, Woodford Neighbourhood Forum and the Woodford War Memorial Community Centre, dedicated to fighting the declassification of Woodford’s Green Belt. It is a partner in Save Greater Manchester Greenbelt, an umbrella association representing over 30 local Save the Greenbelt groups across Greater Manchester. It supports housing on Brownfield sites and seeks to protect all Green Belt for future generations. It is a formally constituted organisation. You can view its Facebook page here.


You can visit “Save Woodford’s Green Belt” Facebook page here and post comments to let us know your views on GMSF.


Rally to Save Greater Manchester’s Green Belt


Rally to Save Greater Manchester’s Green Belt Photo 1


On Saturday, 1st April 2017, Woodford residents joined people from all over Greater Manchester to protest against the GMSF plans to build on vast swathes of Green Belt land across the region. Some 1,500 people gathered in front of Manchester Town Hall to remind the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, prospective mayoral candidates and local councillors of their vigorous opposition to these proposals, which they believe were based on flawed population forecasts and inadequate use of previously developed sites.


Rally to Save Greater Manchester’s Green Belt Photo 2


Rally to Save Greater Manchester’s Green Belt Photo 3


Help to prepare for Round 3 in the campaign to save Woodford’s Green Belt


In order that we are prepared when the revised GMSF documents are published sometime later this year, we are particularly looking for residents or close supporters who have expertise in the following:

  • Press and PR
  • Journalism and broadcast media
  • Relevant local government experience
  • Detailed analysis of technical documents
  • Fund raising


If this could be you, or indeed if you are just enthusiastic to contribute, then please contact us on to make our team more effective.





A joint statement on behalf of the Stockport Labour Group, The Stockport Conservative Group, The Independent Ratepayers Group and the Stockport Residents Group has been issued following the meeting of Stockport Council held on 19th January 2017. Click here for the full statement.

Save the Green Belt Walk


Save Stockport’s Green Belt group


This Protest walk, organised by the Save Stockport’s Greenbelt group took place on Saturday, 14th January 2017. Hundreds of Stockport residents joined in, converging on the Town Hall for a spirited rally in defence of our Green Belt.


Photos taken on the Save Stockport’s Green Belt walk on 14th January 2017


For further information and more photos, click here.




Save the Green Belt Walk small poster


This protest walk was organised by High Lane residents, who have set up a very active Facebook group, which can be accessed here.

Save Stockport's Greenbelt Facebook Group image

Alternatively for those without Facebook, visit the Save Stockport’s Greenbelt website here.


There is still time to submit your comments on the GMSF proposals.

The revised deadline is Monday, 16th January 2017


Here is what YOU can do to save our Green Belt:


Submit your comments/objections to the GMSF proposals online, by email or by post.

Comments MUST be received by Monday, 16th January 2017.

Online: (you will need to register on the GMSF portal first to obtain a log-in ID, which will be sent to you by email.)
By email:
By post: Greater Manchester Integrated Support Team, PO Box 532, Town Hall, Manchester, M60 2LA.

For a list of some of the points you might like to use click here.


You can view Woodford Community Council’s response to the Consultation here.


Don’t leave it to your neighbour, take action – submit your comments NOW.


Please send copies of your comments to MP Mary Robinson and our local councillors:


         Mary Robinson MP
         Cllr Brian Bagnall
         Cllr John McGahan
         Cllr Mike Hurleston



Proposals rip the green heart out of Woodford


Details emerged on 20th October of plans to take 238 hectares (nearly 600 acres) of Green Belt out of the heart of Woodford to make way for 2,400 new homes. The area to be removed from Green Belt is shown in pink in the map below. It is a large area on either side of Chester Road, bounded by Old Hall Lane, the Aerodrome and Bridle Road in the south and by Church Lane, Moor Lane, Jenny Lane and Woodford Road in the north.


Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) – Woodford Opportunity Area shown in pink.


GMSF and CEC proposed development around Woodford Map


NB Click here to open a full size version of the map.


This is part of a new joint plan for the whole of Greater Manchester (Greater Manchester Spatial Framework), which proposes to take large areas of land out of Green Belt across Greater Manchester to make way for new homes plus commercial development and the infrastructure to support it. The draft plan has been devised by council executives and officers representing each of the 10 boroughs in Greater Manchester. It has been two years in the making and there have been two rounds of informal consultation, but elected councillors and MPs have only recently seen the details of the draft plan. The combined authority leaders reviewed the draft plan on 28th October and voted in favour of proceeding to consultation on the proposal from 31st October to 23rd December.


The proposals will remove large areas of land from Green Belt in neighbouring communities in Greater Manchester as well. The following map illustrates the potential cumulative effect of Cheshire East Council and GMSF proposals within a short radius of Woodford.


GMSF and CEC proposed development around Woodford Map

NB Click here to open a full size version of the map.


Further information and the draft GMSF document can be found via the GMSF website, Click on the link to the documents, then on Draft GMSF October 2016 Consultation in the table and then Read and Comment on Document. Information relating specifically to Woodford can be found in Section 28 Allocations, Subsection 28.8 Other Allocations and finally 28.8.20 Woodford. Paper copies can be viewed at Stockport Town Hall and Bramhall Library.


Most importantly, please respond formally to this consultation between 31st October and 23rd December by one of the following routes:


Online: (you will need to register on the GMSF portal first to obtain a log in ID, which may not arrive immediately)


By email:


By post: Greater Manchester Integrated Support Team, PO Box 532, Town Hall, Manchester,

M60 2LA.


Every comment has to be considered. The deadline is 16th January 2017. Make sure that your views are known.

Cheshire East Local Plan – Revised Local Plan Strategy Consultation


Cheshire East Council’s (CEC) Local Plan has major implications for Woodford. It would leave Woodford surrounded by some 5,000 new homes within two miles of Woodford Church. This includes the already planned 920 homes to be built on the ex-BAe Woodford aerodrome site. The developments will result in massive incursions into the Green Belt in Poynton and Handforth.


This map shows the extent of the proposals:


Cheshire East Local Plan Map March 2016


Red sites, 1, 2 and 3 are the sites CEC proposes for development for 1,950 dwellings. Yellow sites 4, 5 and 6 are CEC proposed safeguarded land for future development, which could result in a further 1,350 dwellings (at 30 per hectare). Sites 7, 9 and 10 are approved and building is in progress: 145 homes in Woodford, 175 homes, plus a 108 unit Care Village in Handforth and 204 homes in Wilmslow. Site 8 is owned by Harrow Estates and the subject of an outline planning application for a further 775 homes and a 100 unit Care Home. In addition, there will no doubt be further plans for housing on the MOD site, within site 1 next to Total Fitness, scheduled for closure and redevelopment in 2022.


More details, including a larger scale map may be downloaded here.


The Consultation ended on 19th April 2016 but the CEC revised local plan and comments submitted can still be seen by clicking here and scrolling down to ‘Read document and view comments’.


Specific responses submitted by Woodford Neighbourhood Forum, Cheadle MP Mary Robinson, local ward councillors and SMBC can be found on the links below. It is disappointing to see that the response submitted by SMBC differs markedly from the views of Woodford residents and indeed of our elected councillors, particularly with regard to justification for removal of land from Green Belt.


Woodford Neighbourhood Forum’s response


Local councillors’ response (Brian Bagnall, Mike Hurleston and John McGahan)


MP Mary Robinson’s response


SMBC response




Award for our Website Producer Mike Gallagher


We are delighted to report that Mike Gallagher, Primary Websites Ltd, our Website Content Producer has just won the 2015 Poynton Achievements in Customer Excellence (PACE) Award in the Business-to-Business category.


For further information about these prestigious awards click here.


Mike is pictured below with Macclesfield MP, David Rutley and Poynton Mayor, Cllr Rebecca Horsman-Johnson, who made the presentation at an Awards Ceremony held at the Poynton in Business Annual Dinner at Davenport Golf Club.

Mike Gallagher winner of the 2015 Poynton Achievements in Customer Excellence Award in the Business to Business category


Poynton Relief Road


The Pre-Planning Application Public Consultation is open from 5th October 2015 to 30th November 2015. For further information click here.


 An online questionnaire is available to give your views.

Your opportunity to get involved in the development of Greater Manchester’s Spatial Framework


Stockport MBC is working with the nine other local authorities in Greater Manchester to develop a new spatial framework and the latest stage of work has just been published for consultation.


The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework will support the city-region to make the most of its towns and neighbourhoods and support development to benefit local people. This means supporting our town centres, building new quality homes and attracting businesses.


For further information and details explaining how you can take part in this consultation, click here.


NOTE: This consultation will run from 9 November 2015 to 11 January 2016.

Woodford Neighbourhood Forum AGM


The WNF Annual General Meeting was held on 23rd September 2015. Click here for copies of the draft Minutes and the PowerPoint presentation given at the AGM.

A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road


Notification of Excavation Works at the A555 Roundabout near Woodford Road, Bramhall, Stockport.


Please click here *(PDF) to read a copy of the latest information.

Last Ever Vulcan Flypast


Vulcan bomber flying of Avro Heritage MuseumThe last flying Vulcan, XH558, soon to be retired, made her last flight over Woodford on Saturday 10th October.


All 136 Vulcans were manufactured at Woodford so this was a most poignant moment in the history of aviation.



Note: The Avro Heritage Museum on the site is now open to the public.


For further information, click here.

Three Decades of Care at Southfield House


Southfield House in Woodford is celebrating 30 years as a dedicated residential care home.

The house was originally transformed from a family home and developed to care for the elderly in 1985 by then owners David and Marita Blackwell. The couple converted and extended the original 90 year old property in 1992 into a purpose-built care home to tend to the needs of 15 residents.

In 2000, the home was acquired by current owners Niel and Joanna Lingwood, with experienced nursing professional Joanna becoming managing director. Over the past 15 years they have extended and developed the home further, including the incorporation of their own former family home, Norwood, into a dedicated facility for ‘assisted living’.

Today, Southfield House provides a haven for some 23 residents and employs 25 qualified carers and catering professionals. It sits amongst a number of large detached residential properties adjacent to Woodford Park Garden Centre, within almost an acre of its own landscaped grounds.

Commenting on the milestone, Niel Lingwood said: “David and Marita had already established a home with an excellent reputation when we took over from them in 2000 and we’re proud to have been able to continue this legacy and develop the home still further over the years. Of course, our prime objective is to provide the highest standards of care for our residents,” Niel continued, “and for this we are indebted to our staff, some of whom have been with Southfield House for more than 17 years”.

Southfield House 30th Birthday cake and celebration

Photo: Southfield House owners Niel and Joanna Lingwood (right) celebrate 30 years of care at the home with previous owners David and Marita Blackwell (left).


Full details on Southfield House can be obtained by visiting or by calling 0161 440 8432.

Exhibition - Vision for the Future of Woodford


On Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June 2015 Woodford Neighbourhood Forum organised an exhibition to provide a review of the work that has been undertaken to date in developing the proposed Neighbourhood Plan. Members of the WNF Management Committee were on hand to answer questions and discuss the various matters raised. Approximately 150 residents and visitors from neighbouring areas attended the exhibitions over the two days, including Cheadle MP Mary Robinson and local councillors Brian Bagnall and Mike Hurleston.


Click here to access further information on the WNF website.


News Archive

To discover a selection of past news items and information regarding Woodford and our community in our archives. Click here to read news archived 26th July 2016 and here for our previous archive page


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