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Masterplan confusion as BDP wins in Stockport

BDP has become embroiled in controversy this week after it won a disputed competition to draw up a masterplan for the centre of Stockport.

The practice's Manchester office will redesign the centre of the Cheshire town, despite the existence of an earlier competition-winning masterplan by James Holyoak for part of the site.

Stockport council became locked in a dispute with the Birmingham-based landscape architect at the end of last year after it announced a fresh competition for the town centre that would not include Holyoak's plans (AJ 2.10.03).

In the intervening period Holyoak and the council have exchanged letters from solicitors and have failed to reach an agreement.

But Holyoak said BDP's victory fails to clear up any of the existing problems. 'Recently Stockport council made it clear that the working area of the consultant for its latest town centre masterplan will exclude my competition site, ' he said.

'However, as the town centre contract contained my competition site within its delivery area, this now creates a confusing and uncertain picture. In effect, it seems the council is therefore making a large hole in the centre of its masterplan.

'The question remains: how is the redevelopment of Stockport's public squares going to be moved forward?' Holyoak added.

It is understood that BDP is determined to push through its proposals and has no intention of adopting Holyoak's plans.

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