Regeneration – ten years of ups and downs
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