Social impact developer CAPITAL&CENTRIC has launched consultation on its £60m plans to transform Weir Mill in Stockport into a thriving new mixed-use community.
Local residents are now being asked for their feedback on the proposal – which includes the construction of 250 new homes, modern riverside frontage, spaces for independent traders (such as café-bars, delis or shops) and surrounding courtyards and green spaces.
Weir Mill began life as a water-powered cotton works in the late 18th century and remains a treasured part of Stockport town centre – with its original water wheelhouse and mill building still standing today.
Adam Higgins, co-founder of CAPITAL&CENTRIC said: “Weir Mill is an enduring icon of Stockport’s industrial past, which even inspired local artist LS Lowry. But many of the buildings are now in a pretty bad state so we have to find a viable long term use for them or risk losing them forever.
“Our plan is to create a thriving new town centre community, where incredible places to live sit alongside green spaces and amenities looking out across the river.
“This isn’t just going to be a development for the people that live there, we’re creating a quiet space in the town centre where you can grab a coffee and sit by the water surrounded by some of Stockport’s best historic architecture.
“We want to know what you’d like to see there. This could be café-bars, delis or independent shops but we’re open to ideas. So, join the conversation and tell us what you think!”
COVID-19 restrictions means public meetings aren’t possible. However, CAPITAL&CENTRIC have been engaging with the community by other means including:
Sending a newsletter to nearly 5000 households and businesses in the area with a tear-off questionnaire
Welcoming comments on social media: @CapitalCentric
This first stage of consultation closes on 14 August.
Feedback will be used to help shape the plans with a further stage of consultation after summer.
A planning application is likely to be submitted to the local council by the end of the year.
Famed for innovative design and ambitious regeneration projects, CAPITAL&CENTRIC has made its first foray into Stockport with Weir Mill – a key part of the Mayoral Development Corporation’s (MDC’s) big plan for the town centre.
The Weir Mill site will sit adjacent to a new £120m transport interchange, being backed by £7m of Housing Infrastructure Fund money from Homes England.
Stockport Council Leader, Councillor Elise Wilson said: “It’s great to see the plans for Weir Mill moving forward and I’d encourage local people to get involved in the consultation.
“CAPITAL&CENTRIC are known for their focus on creating communities so this is an opportunity for local people to come together with the developer to create something really special.
“Weir Mill will really set the scene for our ambitious plans for Town Centre West and encourage more people to visit and live in the town centre. I look forward to seeing the plans as they develop.”
Lord Bob Kerslake, Chair of the MDC, said the development could “set a new standard for town centre living.”
“It’s vital that we set the bar high and create something that local people can engage with and be proud of,” he added.
“CAPITAL&CENTRIC’s track record of ambitious, high-quality development makes them the ideal developer for this historic site and it’s great to see developers continuing to back Stockport as we look to Build Back Better.”
Learn more about CAPITAL&CENTRIC by visiting their website.
OnlyFans star promises to buy houses to help low-income families with affordable rent
An OnlyFans model has said that she plans to buy up a number of homes so that she can rent them out to low-income families for a fair price.
Rebecca Goodwin, 28, says she’s launching the scheme both to help those in need and to provide an inheritance for her two daughters.
The star, who makes around £100k per month from her provocative OnlyFans content, shared the vision of her ‘affordable housing scheme’ on Twitter this week.
She said that she makes enough money from the subscription-based social media platform, but now wants to create a ‘side hustle’ that her children can inherit.
Rebecca’s plan, according to her tweet, is to buy eight homes out-right and then rent them out to families on low incomes.
The example she provided was for a three-storey, four-bedroom, three-bathroom house with off road parking for two cars, fully furnished, for £650 a month.
Originally from Mansfield in Derbyshire, Rebecca said she was previously relying on food stamps to feed her family and struggling to pay her gas and electricity bills.
But since launching her career on OnlyFans in 2019, her life has completely turned around.
In the replies on her original Tweet about her affordable housing scheme, she added some more information – including clarifying her incentives.
She said: “I make enough profit on onlyfans, I have no mortgages so rent payments are 100% profit except maintenance and insurance, this is a side hustle that my kids can inherit. I’m not doing it to make me more money I’m doing it invest in my kids futures.”
Rebecca also wrote: “It is profitable, I’m renting out houses that are already paid off, and the millions spent on the houses is still ours. I’m making £100k+ a month on onlyfans, and when it dies down/ I decide to retire, I retire with the income generated from the 8 properties.”
The houses she plans to buy will all be renovated and furnished, she wrote.
Rebecca has received a lot of praise from members of the public for her efforts.
One person said: “Now, if you, one person (who is spending their own hard earned cash to create affordable housing) can do it – why can’t the government? With the billions in taxpayer revenue? I applaud what you’re doing, you’re a kind soul, but I could cry for the state of the country rn.”
Someone else said: “This is something incredible and life changing for some families who have never had a place to call home or in a constant money struggle to keep a roof over their heads. As someone who is a year out of predicted 3 in temp housing and struggling to even rent my first prop.”
Another commented: “What a wonderful thing to do. You’re an actual diamond. I hope to be able to something like this when I’m making the same kind of money. You are such a blessing.”
Featured image: Instagram, @beckymil1_
The most expensive home on the market in Greater Manchester has just been reduced in price
The most expensive house on the market in Greater Manchester looks like it’s come straight out of LA – and it’s just dropped in price.
The stunning contemporary mansion looks like something you’d see being paraded around on Netflix’s hit series Selling Sunset, but it’s actually based right here in the drizzly north west.
The massive house – which has TWO pools – had previously been listed for a cool £8m.
But the agents have just reduced the price of listing, and it’s now being marketed at £7.5m.
For that price, you get a remarkable, modern house with floor-to-ceiling glass windows that look out over its massive patio and outdoor pool.
With a second pool inside, as well as a gym, cinema, a bar and games room, and five bedrooms, there’s a lot to unpack here.
The Hale property sits in around 10 acres of grounds beside the river, less than a mile from the centre of the affluent village, and was built by the current owner.
Named Riverside, the home was designed by Tsiantar Architects and features double-height spaces and luxury fixtures and facilities.
It’s not just the one house either – there’s also a two-bedroom guest cottage in the grounds.
The outside space is properly impressive, with an entertainment area, a pool, and sweeping lawns, plus views across the valley.
Jackson-Stops, who are marketing the mansion, say: “Upon first entering Riverside there is an immediate feeling of space as you walk into the breathtaking double height dining hall, which provides access to the remaining accommodation including a large drawing room, cinema room and study, but without doubt the heart of the home is the superb living dining kitchen with its bespoke range of units by Diane Berry Kitchens of Prestwich.
“The principal bedroom suite includes an amazing space with a large balcony overlooking the grounds towards the Bollin Valley. There is also a luxuriously appointed bathroom and dressing room. The remaining four bedrooms all boast en suite facilities and delightful views across the surrounding grounds.
“The lower ground floor area is given over to leisure and relaxation with a large entertainment room complex with a well equipped bar, sitting and relaxation zone, a gymnasium and separate leisure area with a large Jacuzzi and resistance turbine, along with a with changing area.”
The whole property is situated along a private road, with electric gates and a triple garage.