Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

●● A SO­CIAL land­lord is breath­ing new life into the town cen­tre by trans­form­ing empty com­mer­cial premises into af­ford­able apart­ments.

The Con­tour Hous­ing devel­op­ment on Queen Vic­to­ria Street proved so popular with ten­ants that all four onebed­room flats were let within days.

The apart­ments were part of a pi­lot project by Cheshire East Coun­cil’s In Town Living ini­tia­tive, which aims to bring un­used prop­er­ties and land back into use.

It was funded by Con­tour and the Homes and Com­mu­ni­ties Agency un­der its empty prop­er­ties pro­gramme.

Mark Ed­wards, project manager for Con­tour Homes, said: “This hous­ing devel­op­ment is good news for Macclesfield and good news for the lo­cal author­ity.

“The idea is that by bring­ing work­ing peo­ple to live in the cen­tre of Macclesfield that they will spend their money there too.

“The apart­ments have been fin­ished to a high spec with a mod­ern town or city living feel and look to them. Un­sur­pris­ingly, there was a good up­take with 16 peo­ple in­ter­ested in rent­ing an apart­ment and they are all now fully let.”

Con­tour Homes spent sev­eral months track­ing down po­ten­tial empty com­mer­cial prop­er­ties that could be con­verted.

The apart­ments have been cre­ated on the first and sec­ond floor of a com­mer­cial prop­erty with a shop – run by an in­sur­ance busi­ness – trad­ing on the ground floor.

The build­ing has been brought back to life over the last six months as the con­trac­tor Forrest set to work con­vert­ing the empty up­per floors into com­fort­able homes.

Ian Simp­son, from Forrest, said: “This re­de­vel­op­ment is a great ex­am­ple of how va­cant com­mer­cial space can be trans­formed into homes to ad­dress the

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