Plans to build two new schools in Cheadle Hulme have been given the go-ahead by authorities.
Bosses at Cheadle Hulme High School are proposing to open a primary school and secondary school on land off Cheadle Road next to Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College.
The Department of Education (DfE) approved the free school application to accommodate 1,500 pupils on one site.
The Laurus Trust, the education trust in charge of Cheadle Hulme High School, claim the new schools are needed to meet the growing demand for school places in the area.
The council or councillors have no say on the application made to school commissioners at the DfE.
However the plans will be subject to approval by council planning bosses later this year and have already met with opposition from local residents concerned about the effect it will have on traffic.
Coun Iain Roberts, Stockport’s opposition Liberal Democrat leader said: “The new schools would see a big jump in traffic along Cheadle Road, Schools Hill and other local roads – adding to the existing congestion.”
“Under the new rules, councillors and residents are informed about the plans, but are not consulted.”
“We are asked for our opinion on how the schools should be built, but not on whether they should be built.”
“The result may well be schools build in the wrong places.
“We need more school places in Stockport, but this is the wrong place for them.”