Hats off to Stockport factory redevelopment plan

Battersby Hat Works in Stockport will be transformed into 144 homes after proposals from developer Lane End were approved.

Croft Transport Planning & Design is playing a pivotal role in delivering the project as part of the planning team.

The scheme involves the demolition of industrial buildings on the current Offerton Industrial Estate site and the redevelopment of two larger buildings bordering Hempshaw Lane.

The former hat factory – which is ‘unusually intact’ – will be redeveloped to create 45 homes, including 16 apartments, 15 houses, and 13 mews homes. The historic brick-built water tower will also be retained as a landmark feature.

In addition, the scheme will see the building of 99 new-build homes, with a mix of 48 two-beds, 33 three-beds, and 11-four beds, alongside seven two-bed mews houses.

Former Battersby Hat Works, Offerton. Image taken from Stephen Levrant heritage statement.

The redevelopment scheme is being delivered in partnership with housing association Stockport Homes. 55 of the houses will be available for market sale, with 79 for shared ownership and 10 for affordable rent.

The scheme has been designed by PRP Architects, with Urban Green working on landscaping. The professional team also includes Nexus Planning, Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture, and Roger Hannah & Co, which completed the employment land review.

Richard Harrison, Lane End managing director, commented: “We are delighted with the planning decision and are looking forward to breaking ground on this iconic scheme, our third large scale development for Stockport Homes in the local area.”

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