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Avro Heritage Museum

The Avro Heritage Museum on the Woodford Aerodrome preserves and sustains the rich heritage of Avro and its prominent place in world aviation. More details here.

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In the finest Cheshire countryside beside the River Dean lies the Deanwater Hotel. More details here.



Welcome to the Woodford Community Council Website


Woodford is a small village situated to the south of Stockport on the Cheshire border resting within beautiful open countryside.


Woodford Community Council gives residents a voice on matters affecting their community and liaises with Stockport MBC and other statutory bodies as required. It is run entirely by volunteers, financed by donations and governed by a written Constitution.


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Information about Roadworks in and around Woodford can be found here.


Latest News



Woodford Community Council AGM - 28th November 8pm


The 2019 Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday, 28th November 2019 at 8.00pm in the small hall of the Woodford War Memorial Community Centre, Chester Road, Woodford, SK7 1PS. A draft copy of the minutes can be viewed here.


The approved Minutes of the 2018 AGM can also be viewed here.


The dates and minutes of all our meetings can be found here.


WCC Constitution: A revised version can be found here.


Woodford Neighbourhood Plan is Made


95.8% said “Yes”


The WNF Management Committee is delighted to report that an overwhelming majority of voters voted Yes to the Woodford Neighbourhood Plan, so it will now be used by Stockport Council to help decide planning applications in the Woodford Neighbourhood Area.


In detail the results were:

  • Number of eligible voters: 1171
  • Number of votes cast: 452, which represents a 38.6% turn-out
  • Number of Yes votes: 433 (95.8%)
  • Number of No votes: 19 (4.2%)
  • Number of rejected ballot papers: 0


We have done better than average with this result (data from MHCLG).


Over 750 successful neighbourhood planning referendums have taken place across the country.

  • The average turnout is 32%
  • The average ‘yes’ vote is 89%.

WNP is the first neighbourhood plan to be adopted in the borough of Stockport.


WNP is the second neighbourhood plan to be adopted in Greater Manchester (Standish in Wigan was the first).


You can view a flip-book version of the WNP here and a pdf version here.


The WNF Management Committee would like to thank Forum members, residents, local councillors (Brian Bagnall, John McGahan, Mike Hurleston and David Meller), council officers and our MP, Mary Robinson, for all their support and various contributions along the way.


This edition of the WCC Newsletter is dedicated to the memory of StephenTaylor, who initiated the Woodford Neighbourhood Plan project in 2013 and was our first chairman. He sadly died in 2014 and is very much missed by the Forum committee and the community.


Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF)


A spatial plan is being prepared by Greater Manchester Combined Authority for the whole Greater Manchester region, which comprises ten boroughs: Stockport, City of Manchester, Salford, Trafford, Wigan, Bury, Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale, and Tameside. GMSF will guide development across the region and also provide the context for the preparation of updated Local Plans by the ten individual authorities. Planning officers in each local authority have been assigned the task of preparing the draft and analysing the responses to consultation. In order to proceed, GMSF needs unanimous approval by the 10 boroughs.


  • The consultation on the revised GMSF closed on 18th March.
  • The Greater Manchester Combined Authority GMCA reports that there were 20,000 responses.
  • The response from WNF is here. Our MP Mary Robinson’s response is here.
  • All responses will be made public online in due course.
  • The responses will be analysed and a further draft GMSF is expected to be presented for public consultation in the autumn, when there will be another chance to have your say.
  • This will be followed by a public examination of the draft GMSF by a Government Inspector, which will be another opportunity to submit comments. Stakeholders will be invited to make representations at the examination.
  • Any amendments required will be made by the GMCA, the final GMSF will be approved by the Inspector and adopted by GMCA. GMCA expect to be at this stage by the end 2020, but many experts predict that the timescale will be longer.

Save Greater Manchester’s Green Belt association (SGMGB)
SGMGB was formed in 2017 to give residents a combined voice after widespread public outcry at the proposed Green Belt losses around the region. It is a fully constituted body, with 48 member community groups, including Woodford, and has gained acceptance as a stakeholder in the development of GMSF.
  • Andy Burnham and Anne Morgan (lead planner with GMCA) accepted an invitation to attended a meeting on 2nd February 2019 for two representatives from each component community and answer their questions.
  • Several suggestions were submitted by Woodford, including a shorter plan period to avoid inclusion of Green Belt sites and robust policies to enforce the use of previously developed land first.
  • SGMBG submitted a response to the consultation on the revised draft GMSF on behalf of all the component groups, including Woodford.


North Cheshire Garden Village (NCGV)


NCGV was named as one of the Government’s fourteen flagship garden villages in 2017 and is one of the sites for development in the Cheshire East Local Plan which was approved in July 2017, despite opposition from residents and their elected representatives in surrounding areas, who raised concerns including Green Belt loss, overdevelopment in the local area and exacerbation of traffic congestion. It occupies a large site formerly in Green Belt between the western boundary of Woodford, the A555 and the A34 bypass. Although part of the site was previously developed as an RAF base in the 1940s, it has been colonised by nature and now provides habitats for protected species. Part of the site was designated as a Local Wildlife Site by Cheshire Wildlife Trust in 2016. The development proposals include 1,650 new homes, commercial premises and a school in a garden village style setting.


  • The Government has announced that it will provide more than £21 million to develop infrastructure for the garden village.
  • The Government has also provided £150,000 of funding to Handforth to help develop plans for the new garden village.
  • Master plans were exhibited in January and a hybrid planning application was submitted to Cheshire East Council in May, comprising two parts:
    (1) Outline planning application for preparation and building.
    (2) Full planning application for initial preparation and infrastructure.



Woodford Neighbourhood Plan (WNP) 


The 2011 Localism Act gave power to local communities to develop specific planning policies for their neighbourhood through neighbourhood plans. Woodford Neighbourhood Forum (WNF) was set up in 2013 with the aim of developing a Woodford Neighbourhood Plan. A neighbourhood area was approved by Stockport Council, which excluded the aerodrome site at the request of Harrow Estates. With the aid of Government grants, a team of local volunteers, including residents and planning experts, has prepared a Woodford Neighbourhood Plan (WNP) after extensive consultation with residents.


  • The draft WNP was submitted to Stockport Council on 28th September 2018.
  • SMBC publicised the draft WNP and conducted a further round of consultation.
  • SMBC appointed an independent Examiner in consultation with WNF in December 2018.
  • Examination of the WNP was completed in April 2019 and associated documents, including the Examiner’s Report can now be viewed on the SMBC website here.
  • The WNP has passed all the legislative requirements.
  • As is normal, the Examiner requested amendment to the WNP, which have been made.
  • The WNP now has to pass through a series of council meetings before approval at a full council meeting on 4th July.
  • We will update you with the amended text as soon as the final WNP is approved by the council, but can say at this stage that WNF supports the Examiner’s amendments.
  • When the WNP is approved, SMBC will select a date and publicise a referendum.
  • SMBC will hold the referendum of residents in the Woodford Neighbourhood Area.
  • If approved by a majority of those voting at the referendum, SMBC will make the WNP and bring it into effect.

Scouts Be Prepared


1st Woodford Scout Group - Helpers/Assistants Required


All sections of this friendly, fun and active group are currently in need of adult helpers; male or female, young or old!


Beavers and Cubs meet on a Monday evening, Scouts on a Friday evening.


Your commitment could be limited to attending on the evening (no preparation/extra duties between meetings expected), full training available, if necessary.


If you feel you may be able to help, please contact Mike Flynn on 0161 439 2375 or mike.flynn3@ntlworld.com - www.1stwoodfordcheshire.weebly.com

who would be delighted to hear from you.

Avro Heritage Museum


Avro Heritage Museum small logoThe Avro Heritage Museum on the Woodford Airfield site has now been open for over two years and has received many thousands of visitors. With its refurbished Avro Vulcan bomber (XM 603), the Vulcan (XM 602) cockpit and Lancaster cockpit, it can clearly claim to be the leading aviation museum in the North West and is proud to celebrate and sustain the heritage of Avro and the Woodford site. The part that Woodford played in world aviation cannot be overstated.


The museum is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and Bank holidays. Group visits, which are extremely popular, are generally available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


More details can be found on www.avroheritagemuseum.com



Roadworks in and around Woodford



A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road

For information visit the website www.semmms.info

Reminder - Contacting the Police


The new Police non-emergency number is 101. For further details about its use click here.

Woodford Community Council e-Newsletter


The WCC newsletter will bring you the latest news about issues affecting the community and show you how you can participate in community affairs and activities. Click here.