Eastwood Drive, Ian Griswold, p Google Earth snapshot

The site has been vacant since 2010. Credit: Google Earth

Marple anti-social behaviour hotspot primed for overhaul 

A derelict site off Eastwood Drive used as a hang-out by young people could be redeveloped into a high-dependency nursing home under proposals lodged with the local council. 

Applicant Ian Griswold has submitted outline plans to Stockport Council requesting permission to demolish the existing office buildings at Westwood Trading Estate and create an 85-bedroom facility. 

The buildings, located close to a nearby Morris Homes housing development, are derelict. The site is a magnet for antisocial behaviour, according to Stockport Council’s community safety team. 

The former Westwood Trading Estate was home to call centre operator Call 24/7 until 2008 when US-based WNS arrived. The business management firm left in 2010 and the site has been vacant since. In recent years, the site has been the subject of “persistent calls” to emergency services due to anti-social behaviour. 

“Youths drinking, taking drugs, and starting fires” are listed as issues recorded by the unit on the site. 

A planning statement prepared by Civitas Planning states that the applicant has approached the council and developers of high-dependency housing units “in order to gauge general direction regarding the need/demand for care home facilities within the area”. 

Green Sky Architecture is advising the applicant on the scheme. 

To learn more, search for reference number DC/089395 on Stockport Council’s planning portal.

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