OPPOSITION groups hoping to block the SEMMMS (A6) Relief Road to Manchester Airport plan have been dealt a major setback after the government announced today it was not intending to challenge the decision to go ahead with the scheme.
The move has been welcomed by Stockport Council, which made the original decision, supported by East Cheshire Council and Manchester City Council, to grant planning permission for the controversial road, which cuts through part of rural Cheshire and parts of the Goyt Valley.
Stockport Council said it was pleased that Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, was content for them to make the final decision on the road..
Following the latest announcement, Department for Transport officials send letters to the local authority, objectors and supporters, advising the date to determine inquires on the side road and compulsory purchase orders , which will be held on September 30.
The inquiries will be held at Cheshire Conference & Events (Stockport County FC), at Edgeley Park.
Councillor Sue Derbyshire, leader of Stockport Council said: “We welcome the decision from the Secretary of State to grant the scheme planning permission and move the project forward.
“As part of our ‘Investing in Stockport’ initiative this scheme is one of many that will further help develop the economy and improve communities in the borough by reducing congestion on local roads.”
For further information on the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road visit: www.semmms.info