including affordable and extra care
plus retained jobs
plus a new primary school, pub and shops
Redrow’s placemaking principles are based around the ‘Redrow 8’, a set of commitments which provide a framework for the delivery of beautiful, landscape-led communities where customers have the choice to lead more sustainable lifestyles. Woodford Garden Village,
situated at the southern tip of Greater Manchester and on the edge of some stunning Cheshire countryside, is the epitome of these principles in action.
This 205 hectare site was previously home to Woodford Aerodrome, with a long history of aircraft manufacturing dating back to the 1920s, including production of many British aviation wonders like the Lancaster Bomber, Vulcan Bomber and Nimrod. When the facility closed in 2011, Redrow’s strategic land, remediation and infrastructure delivery arm, Harrow Estates, bought the site and led the planning of a comprehensive vision, working closely with Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council and Cheshire East Councils, whose boundaries the site straddled, as well as the local community.
Woodford Garden Village has been sensitively designed to positively enhance the openness of the Green Belt around it, restore areas of open countryside and re-establish public rights of way. The history of the site’s aviation use is reflected within the site layout (eg. Runway Park), while tree-lined boulevards permeate through the village as a ‘memory’ of the previous runways and a new heritage centre occupies the former airfield fire station building.
The concept of a Garden Village instantly appealed to Trevor and Trish, as it allows them to have space, nature and a sense of community right on their doorstep.
Trevor in particular felt an instant connection to Woodford Garden Village. From 1965 to 1971, he worked for the RAF flying Vulcans; an aircraft that was made yards away from the development. Trevor now volunteers at the Woodford Heritage Museum, which houses the exact Vulcan plane he flew all those years ago.