Re­gen­er­a­tion – ten years of ups and downs

Macclesfield Express - - TOWN CENTRE SPECIAL REPORT -

HOW we got to this stage...

2005: Wil­son Bow­den are se­lected as pre­ferred part­ners for a re­de­vel­op­ment of the town cen­tre by Mac­cles­field bor­ough coun­cil.

Septem­ber 2007: Re­tail gi­ant Deben­hams agree to an­chor the pro­posed £200m scheme.

De­cem­ber 2009: The orig­i­nal plans are scaled back by Wil­son Bow­den.

June 2013: 83 per cent of those who re­sponded to a sur­vey in the Ex­press said they op­posed the plans.

But the scheme is rec­om­mended for ap­proval by the coun­cil and its strate­gic plan­ning com­mit­tee votes in favour of the plans af­ter a marathon eight hour meet­ing.

March 2014: Coun­cil chiefs launch a com­pul­sory pur­chase or­der of land needed to de­liver the scheme af­ter landown­ers refuse to sell up.

March 2015: Coun­cil bosses an­nounce they are re­view­ing their re­la­tion­ship with Wil­son Bow­den af­ter Deben­hams pulls out of the Silk Street scheme.

June 2015: Cheshire East chiefs in­vite de­vel­op­ers to come for­ward with a new scaled back scheme.

●● The aban­doned Silk Street scheme was to have cost £90m but was heav­ily crit­i­cised – prompt­ing a re­think

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