Monday, 9 October 2017

Members Social Evening Thursday 12th October

The society's annual members' social and speaker evening will take place this Thursday - everyone is welcome. Doors open 7.15pm                                 

    
  Topic: Marple Lime Kilns - Revealing Oldknow's Legacy  
                                                     3 years and beyond....................

                       Speaker: Norman Redhead - Heritage Management Director 
                                                     (Archaeology) at the University of Salford
                       Venue: Marple Library 12th October - 7.30 - 9.30pm

                          


Norman Redhead
As the 3 year Heritage Lottery Funded Project comes to a close, what have we learnt about the Lime Kilns? What does the future hold for this important scheduled monument that tells us so much about Marple's past? Come along to find out how the research and archaeological investigations of the 3 year project have enhanced our knowledge and understanding of Marple's history and heritage.
Most importantly, learn how the 'management plan' will take the project forward and protect the monument for future generations. 

This is an open meeting, free of charge, and all are welcome 
 join us at 7.15pm for a glass of wine and nibbles - we look forward to seeing you.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Stockport Local Plan & SEMMMS Refresh - Civic Society Response to Stockport MBC Consultations

Marple Civic Society's response to the Stockport MBC consultations on the draft Local Plan & SEMMMS refresh can be viewed HERE

The closing date for responses is 8th October 2017, so there is still time to                               send individual responses.  Please feel free to use the Civic Society response                         to inform your response if you wish.


Summary of Response
Taken together, the draft Local Plan Issues and Options and SEMMMS consultations:
  1. Land-use planning and transport planning are fundamentally linked but the papers do not explain how these two issues can or will be progressed together. We think they should have been presented as one paper, not as separate consultations. This is essential if we want to plan successful, balanced communities in Stockport and to create inclusive places with a good quality of life.

  2. The SEMMMS paper does not acknowledge that from 2001-17 the only substantive SEMMMS delivery has been road schemes (new roads, plus some limited bus priority improvements); there has been almost no delivery of alternative schemes. More important than a wish-list of schemes is the creation of a clear delivery mechanism for all modes of transport, particularly public transport and cycling, not just the new road element.

  3. A much more thorough approach to the District Centres as shopping and service centres should be taken and their ‘health’ examined more carefully. Attention should be paid to the quality of public realm and the need to ensure traffic does not dominate communities.

  4. The role of Neighbourhood Plans is ignored – these are a part of the statutory planning system and several plans are in active preparation.

  5. There is not enough concern with housing quality, and no real discussion about density. Target numbers appear to dominate thinking. High density is fully compatible with high quality – there is ample evidence that ‘compact city’ development in northern Europe creates better housing and better environments than we do in Stockport.

  6. Employment should be better linked with housing, and be less Stockport-centric

  7. Green Belt development should be a last resort, and the focus for new housing should be on existing urban areas

  8. Green Infrastructure should be an integral part of new developments 

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Committee Meeting Minutes 26th September 2017

Committee Meeting minutes for 26th September 2017 can be viewed HERE

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Marple Wharf Housing Development - Planning Application DC/067000 and Listed Building consent DC/067001

The society's planning team has sent a response to Stockport MBC Planning Department to recommend refusal of planning application DC/067000 and Listed Building consent DC/067001, for a housing development, including conversion of the Grade II listed warehouse into a luxury house, at Marple                                 Wharf (Canal and River Trust Yard), Church Street, Marple, SK6 6BN

Marple Wharf Warehouse
under threat of convertion to a 4 bedroommed house

To view the application documents see HERE 

To view the Society's response see HERE

Feel free to use the Society's response to help you write your own response. 

It will add weight if you say it in your own words but the important thing is to respond - be sure to state that your response is to both applications: planning application DC/067000 and Listed Building consent DC/067001 and copy your response to our local councillors if possible.

The planning application will come to Marple Area Committee to be judged by our local councillors. Responses will be received and considered by SMBC planning officer until a decision is made.

Public opinion really does matter with this application 
............please, please respond..........

Our best guess is that it will be the December Area Commitee meeting. As soon as the date is confirmed we will email members and put the date and details on the website

Check the website regularly so you don't miss the Marple Area Committee date 

A "38 Degrees" petition to Stockport Council to reject the application has been set up 

Sign the petition HERE
DC/067001

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Town Centre Regeneration - Neighbourhood Forum AGM

Phil Jones
Phil Jones, of Phil Jones Associates, will speak about town centre regeneration at the Neighbourhood Forum AGM this Saturday 30th September.  Phil will present the Urban Design Study he carried out for Marple Civic Society (funded largely by Marple Vision Partnership) to demonstrate how a holistic approach and sensitively designed streets can help to achieve a better town centre for Marple, making it more attractive and easier to move around, especially on foot.

The meeting will take place at the United Reformed Church, Hibbert Lane between         10am and 12-00 noon.

This is a public meeting, free of charge and everyone is welcome - we hope to see you there.

More information on town centre regeneration can be found in our September Newsletter HERE

attend the NP Forum AGM on Saturday 30th September to hear Phil Jones talk
about the Tra
ffi
c and Street Design Report and alternative solutions for Marple.
Venue is United Reformed Church on Hibbert Lane 10-12noonattend the NP Forum AGM on Saturday 30th September to hear Phil Jones talk
about the Tra
ffi
c and Street Design Report and alternative solutions for Marple.
Venue is United Reformed Church on Hibbert Lane 10-12noonattend the NP Forum AGM on Saturday 30th September to hear Phil Jones talk
about the Tra
ffi
c and Street Design Report and alternative solutions for Marple.
Venue is United Reformed Church on Hibbert Lane 10-12noon

Friday, 15 September 2017

Newsletter September 2017 - Edition 13

The society's September 2017 Newsletter is now available.

        The newsletter concentrates on 3 'Major Marple Matters':

1. Town Centre Regeneration - new traffic and street design for Marple Town Centre!
don't miss Phil Jones Associates present the community Urban Design Study - Phil will demonstrate how a holistic approach and sensitively designed streets can help to achieve a better town centre for Marple, making it more attractive and easier to move around, especially on foot. Come along to the Neighbourhood Forum AGM on 30th September - Further details in the newsletter below

2. Marple Wharf Development - it's arrived.... the planning application for Marple Wharf and the warehouse. It is now time, the last time,  for you to have your say. If you don't like what you see you have until 28th September to get your opinion heard. More information about the proposed development and how to respond in the newsletter and news item below

3. Planning and Transport Consultations - these two Council plans will decide how Marple grows and how transport is  dealt with until 2035-2040. Once in place, these plans will be very hard to change so it important to get them right now. The society's response will be available on the website to help you to respond if you wish or you can wade through the official documents if you feel inclined. Closing date for responses 8th October - Further details in the newsletter below

To view the full Newsletter see HERE 

(NB the link opens a preview page in OneDrive, click on the "Download" button to view a high resolution copy)