Playing fields adjoining the Cheadle+Marple Sixth Form College Hibbert Lane site

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Dear Stockport Borough Council,

If the sale of Cheadle+Marple Sixth Form College Hibbert Lane campus were to go ahead, what is the council's understanding concerning the adjoining playing fields : would these also be subject to a sale, or would they enjoy any protected status ?

If they do not benefit from such a protected status, would the council nevertheless endeavour to ensure they remain as green space for the community ?

Yours faithfully,

Neil Corrie

FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Corrie,

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Yours sincerely,

Corporate Information Services

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Corrie,

I am writing in response to your request for information below (ref 4671).

The response to your request has been prepared by the relevant Council
service and is as follows:

The playing field together with some landscaping areas fronting on to
Hibbert Lane are identified as Local Open Space in the Stockport UDP
Review.

PLANNING POLICY FRAMEWORK

Any development shall be required to accord with the relevant policies
contained in the Core Strategy and saved policies of the Stockport U.D.P.
Review.

The Stockport Core Strategy Development Plan Document Adopted March 2011
can be found [1]here.

Appendix B of the Core Strategy sets out which UDP Review policies will be
replaced by the Core Strategy upon its adoption. All other saved policies
within the UDP Review will remain in force.

The Stockport Unitary Development Plan Review (Adopted Plan 31st May 2006)
can be found [2]here.

These polices apply to the land and are blind to ownership. Of particular
relevance is the following from the Core Strategy para 3.290 page 103:

In general terms development that does not safeguard the permanence and
integrity of areas of Strategic and Local Open Space will not be allowed.
There may, however, be situations in which other factors determine that
the need to continue to protect existing assets are outweighed by the
interests of achieving sustainable communities, in particular with regards
to delivering mixed communities, meeting wider leisure needs, improving
participation in the use of recreation facilities and improving parks.

If development is proposed there may be scope for reconfiguration of the
existing areas allocated as Local Open Space subject to there being no net
reduction of Local Open Space.

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Yours sincerely,

Corporate Information Services

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear FOI Officer,

Many thanks for the prompt and detailed reply.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Corrie