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Latest News via Woodford Community Council e-Newsletter

The WCC is now issuing e-mail newsletters and newsflashes to keep residents updated on the latest news in the community. You can sign up for this service or view past newsletters here.


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Cheshire East Local Plan – Revised Local Plan Strategy Consultation

Award for our Website Producer Mike Gallagher

Poynton Relief Road

Greater Manchester’s Spatial Framework

Woodford Neighbourhood Forum AGM

A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road (Sept 2015)

Last Ever Vulcan Flypast

Three Decades of Care at Southfield House

Exhibition - Vision for the Future of Woodford

Village News Archive (Pre 2015)



Cheshire East Local Plan – Revised Local Plan Strategy Consultation


Cheshire East Council’s (CEC) Local Plan has major implications for Woodford. It would leave Woodford surrounded by some 5,000 new homes within two miles of Woodford Church. This includes the already planned 920 homes to be built on the ex-BAe Woodford aerodrome site. The developments will result in massive incursions into the Green Belt in Poynton and Handforth.


This map shows the extent of the proposals:


Cheshire East Local Plan Map March 2016


Red sites, 1, 2 and 3 are the sites CEC proposes for development for 1,950 dwellings. Yellow sites 4, 5 and 6 are CEC proposed safeguarded land for future development, which could result in a further 1,350 dwellings (at 30 per hectare). Sites 7, 9 and 10 are approved and building is in progress: 145 homes in Woodford, 175 homes, plus a 108 unit Care Village in Handforth and 204 homes in Wilmslow. Site 8 is owned by Harrow Estates and the subject of an outline planning application for a further 775 homes and a 100 unit Care Home. In addition, there will no doubt be further plans for housing on the MOD site, within site 1 next to Total Fitness, scheduled for closure and redevelopment in 2022.


More details, including a larger scale map may be downloaded here.


The Consultation ended on 19th April 2016 but the CEC revised local plan and comments submitted can still be seen by clicking here and scrolling down to ‘Read document and view comments’.


Specific responses submitted by Woodford Neighbourhood Forum, Cheadle MP Mary Robinson, local ward councillors and SMBC can be found on the links below. It is disappointing to see that the response submitted by SMBC differs markedly from the views of Woodford residents and indeed of our elected councillors, particularly with regard to justification for removal of land from Green Belt.


Woodford Neighbourhood Forum’s response


Local councillors’ response (Brian Bagnall, Mike Hurleston and John McGahan)


MP Mary Robinson’s response


SMBC response




Award for our Website Producer Mike Gallagher


We are delighted to report that Mike Gallagher, Primary Websites Ltd, our Website Content Producer has just won the 2015 Poynton Achievements in Customer Excellence (PACE) Award in the Business-to-Business category.


For further information about these prestigious awards click here.


Mike is pictured below with Macclesfield MP, David Rutley and Poynton Mayor, Cllr Rebecca Horsman-Johnson, who made the presentation at an Awards Ceremony held at the Poynton in Business Annual Dinner at Davenport Golf Club.

Mike Gallagher winner of the 2015 Poynton Achievements in Customer Excellence Award in the Business to Business category


Poynton Relief Road


The Pre-Planning Application Public Consultation is open from 5th October 2015 to 30th November 2015. For further information click here.


 An online questionnaire is available to give your views.

Your opportunity to get involved in the development of Greater Manchester’s Spatial Framework


Stockport MBC is working with the nine other local authorities in Greater Manchester to develop a new spatial framework and the latest stage of work has just been published for consultation.


The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework will support the city-region to make the most of its towns and neighbourhoods and support development to benefit local people. This means supporting our town centres, building new quality homes and attracting businesses.


For further information and details explaining how you can take part in this consultation, click here.


NOTE: This consultation will run from 9 November 2015 to 11 January 2016.

Woodford Neighbourhood Forum AGM


The WNF Annual General Meeting was held on 23rd September 2015. Click here for copies of the draft Minutes and the PowerPoint presentation given at the AGM.

A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road


Notification of Excavation Works at the A555 Roundabout near Woodford Road, Bramhall, Stockport.


Please click here *(PDF) to read a copy of the latest information.

Last Ever Vulcan Flypast


Vulcan bomber flying of Avro Heritage MuseumThe last flying Vulcan, XH558, soon to be retired, made her last flight over Woodford on Saturday 10th October.


All 136 Vulcans were manufactured at Woodford so this was a most poignant moment in the history of aviation.



Note: The Avro Heritage Museum on the site is now open to the public.


For further information, click here.

Three Decades of Care at Southfield House


Southfield House in Woodford is celebrating 30 years as a dedicated residential care home.

The house was originally transformed from a family home and developed to care for the elderly in 1985 by then owners David and Marita Blackwell. The couple converted and extended the original 90 year old property in 1992 into a purpose-built care home to tend to the needs of 15 residents.

In 2000, the home was acquired by current owners Niel and Joanna Lingwood, with experienced nursing professional Joanna becoming managing director. Over the past 15 years they have extended and developed the home further, including the incorporation of their own former family home, Norwood, into a dedicated facility for ‘assisted living’.

Today, Southfield House provides a haven for some 23 residents and employs 25 qualified carers and catering professionals. It sits amongst a number of large detached residential properties adjacent to Woodford Park Garden Centre, within almost an acre of its own landscaped grounds.

Commenting on the milestone, Niel Lingwood said: “David and Marita had already established a home with an excellent reputation when we took over from them in 2000 and we’re proud to have been able to continue this legacy and develop the home still further over the years. Of course, our prime objective is to provide the highest standards of care for our residents,” Niel continued, “and for this we are indebted to our staff, some of whom have been with Southfield House for more than 17 years”.

Southfield House 30th Birthday cake and celebration

Photo: Southfield House owners Niel and Joanna Lingwood (right) celebrate 30 years of care at the home with previous owners David and Marita Blackwell (left).


Full details on Southfield House can be obtained by visiting or by calling 0161 440 8432.

Exhibition - Vision for the Future of Woodford


On Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June 2015 Woodford Neighbourhood Forum organised an exhibition to provide a review of the work that has been undertaken to date in developing the proposed Neighbourhood Plan. Members of the WNF Management Committee were on hand to answer questions and discuss the various matters raised. Approximately 150 residents and visitors from neighbouring areas attended the exhibitions over the two days, including Cheadle MP Mary Robinson and local councillors Brian Bagnall and Mike Hurleston.


Click here to access further information on the WNF website.


News Archive

To discover a selection of past news items and information regarding Woodford and our community in our archives. Click here to read news archived 26th July 2016 and here for our previous archive page


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