Bid to convert former probation centre into 45-home community

CGI of plans for former probation centre

A scheme to transform the former Stockport Probation Centre into a 45-home development have been submitted to Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council.

Property development and investment company, Britannia Group, is behind the planning application to redevelop the site.

The Manchester-based group acquired the site last summer and has worked with architects Ollier Smurthwaite to develop the proposals which will retain the historic main building while other later additions will be replaced with a new building in keeping with the style and height of other buildings in the area.

The plans include 13 one-bed and five, two-bedroom apartments in the original building.

A new building will contain 23 one-bed and four, two-bedroom apartments. There will also be a new garden space and a living wall, and particular attention has been paid to improving the boundary with St Joseph’s RC Primary School.

Nick Carter, development director, Britannia Group said: “Stockport is thriving, there’s a huge amount of potential and a lot of demand for homes close to the centre of the town.

“We have worked closely with local ward councillors, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council and St Joseph’s RC Primary School to shape our proposals and we are looking forward to transforming the site and welcoming a new community to this part of the town.”

Located on High Street, the historical retail district of Stockport, the main building on the site was originally constructed in 1900 and was previously the premises of wholesale grocers C J Preston & Sons before it became the probation office in 1983. The site has been vacant since September last year.

If planning is successful, Britannia aims to be on site in the summer of 2024. Ashtonhale is the planning consultant on behalf of Britannia Group.

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