Traders fight £90m town cen­tre scheme buy-outs De­fi­ant busi­ness own­ers force in­quiry by re­fus­ing to sell up

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

APUB­LIC in­quiry looks set to de­cide the fu­ture of a £90m town cen­tre re­vamp as busi­ness bosses refuse to sell up.

Own­ers of a cafe, elec­tron­ics shop and home ap­pli­ance shop are among those who have chal­lenged a Com­pul­sory Pur­chase Or­der (CPO) which would clear land to make way for the Silk Street re­de­vel­op­ment. The scheme – com­pris­ing a Deben­hams store, Cineworld cinema, a town square and 19 other re­tail units – was given plan­ning per­mis­sion in June 2013.

But Cheshire East Coun­cil and devel­op­ment part­ner Wil­son Bow­den have failed to agree the sale of all land and prop­er­ties needed to build it.

Treats cafe and The En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on King Street and Se­condtek on Churchill Way have ob­jected to the CPO, along with su­per­mar­ket gi­ant Sains­bury’s and three other par­ties.

Their ob­jec­tions mean an in­quiry has been ar­ranged for this April to de­cide its fate. ●●

●● The Silk Street scheme would re­design a large part of Macclesfield town cen­tre

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