On this page you will find links relating to: ‘Conservation Documents’, ‘Local Greenspaces’, ‘Walking Groups’ and ‘Researching Local History’.  Please let us know if a link is broken and of any other sources of useful information.

Conservation Documents

Stockport Council Conservation & Heritage – overview page including a link to ‘Find It’ ; an interactive map to search for Stockport’s heritage assets including listed buildings and conservation areas.

Heaton Mersey Character Appraisal Document and Management Plan. 

Article 4 Direction Guidance Note – Explains the approach the council is likely to take in advising owners who propose exterrnal works to properties affected by a Direction.

Stockport Council Conservation and Heritage Strategy – Explains the strategy, key issues and proposed action and the plan of action which is informed by the issues and resources available to deliver them.

Stockport Council Tree Policy  – Important information about protected trees in conservation areas and tree preservation orders, how to apply to carry our tree work, report an issue with a tree or illegal tree work.

Historic England – English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites. This page explains how conservation areas and local lists play an important role in managing the historic environment at the local level.

Natural England –  provides information on access and rights of way, land management, landscape, parks, trails and nature reserves, protected sites and species, and wildlife and habitat conservation.

Local Greenspaces

Stockport Council ‘Report It’ Webpage – has information and an on-line reporting page for problems including fly tipping (the illegal dumping of waste), graffitt, dog fouling, etc.

IMPORTANT: Report hypodermic needles or drugs-related litter immediately to the council. Report illegal dumping of hazardous waste to the Environment Agency on their 24 hour hotline 0800 807 060 or alternatively contact the police.

Stockport Council ‘My House’ Webpage – the map allows you to search for local services and amenities including the historic environment, planning permissions, ground maintenance and more.

CPRE – Find A Green Belt Near You Map – locate the Green Belt near you and explore the importance of these areas to the wider environment

How to Object to a Planning Application

Here are two advisory videos from CPRE.

A long training video:  CPRE Norfolk Planning Training Seminar: How to Respond to a Planning Application

A short, overview video: How to Object to a Planning Proposal – Campaign to Protect Rural England (Shropshire)

Walking Groups

Walking is one of the best ways you can stay active and healthy. Below are details of nearby guided walks that are free.

Stockport Walks – ‘Walking for Health’:  ‘Walking for Health’ walks are free, accompanied walks which take place across Stockport and range from 30 minutes to 1 hour. They are part of a national network of health walk schemes run by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support.  Click the link below to find details of local walks of near you (more walks will be added here over time).
Walk Stockport

Health Walk – run by Friends of Fletcher Moss Park, they take place every Monday afternoon (except for Bank and Christmas holidays) starting either from the park’s Visitor Centre or a point along the Mersey Valley.  They last up to 2 hours.  For more information click the link below.
Friends of Fletcher Moss Park activities

Walkaday: Accompanied Walks Around Stockport – a programme of friendly walks that explores Parks, Public Footpaths and Green Spaces of Stockport.

Researching Local History

NLS Georeferenced Maps – this application overlays historical maps onto modern maps.  Slide the transparency bar up and down to see how things used to be. Click this link to go directly to the maps for Heaton Mersey
NLS maps- Historic Heaton Mersey maps overlaid onto modern map

Census records are a useful source of information.  Free access to records from 1841 to 1911 is available at any Stockport Library PC – all you need is your library card.

Stockport Heritage Library – located on the top floor of Stockport Central Lending Library, it has a wealth of information on the history of the area.  The library manages the Stockport image archive. 

Many, but not all, of the images are on line and can be searched here: www.stockport.gov.uk/services/leisureculture/libraries/libraryonline/stockportimagearchive/sia/.

Manchester Central Library and the Lancashire Record Office are also were visiting since this area was once part of Lancashire.  Here is a link to Manchester Libary’s archives and local history section of their website..

Below are books with information on the history of Heaton Mersey Village which are available for loan from a Stockport borough library. If you live outside the borough, ask your local library about an inter-library loan; they may make a charge for arranging this.

  • Stockport : a history.  By Peter Arrowsmith  ISBN: 0905164997
  • Heaton Mersey : a Victorian village 1851-1881 by T. D. W. Reid  ISBN: 0905164210
  • Old Heatonians : the Heatons in old photographs by Elizabeth  Jones.  ISBN  0905164253
  • The Four Heatons through time : Heaton Moor, Heaton Mersey, Heaton Chapel and Heaton Norris by Ian Littlechilds and Phil Page.  ISBN  9781445620596