Flats welcomed to replace ‘eyesore’ abandoned depot
AREDUNDANT council depot will be transformed into affordable homes under new plans.
The old depot at the junction of Green Street and Cuckstoolpit Hill is no longer used and has been left in a poor condition.
But there is brighter news on the horizon for the vacant site after plans were approved for affordable homes.
Councillors on Cheshire East’s Northern Planning Committee approved the plans to demolish the depot and build 18 apartments on the site.
There will be 13 one bed and four two bed flats.
Access will be taken from Cuckstoolpit Hill Street.
will include three two-storey blocks with parking for 20 vehicles and landscaping.
The application was put forward for approval because it was thought to help meet a demand for affordable homes in Macclesfield.
Council reports say that the Macclesfield and Bollington area has a requirement of 318 new affordable homes per year for the number of people needing homes.
The site currently has one and two storey vacant industrial buildings and yard area with some green space and an overgrown area.
Officers said the development was good news for Macclesfield because it makes good use of brownfield land rather than building new homes on the green belt.
There were objections to the application, includ- ing concerns over access to the site, parking and that the historic boundary wall should not be removed.
But councillors agreed it is a good use of the derelict site.
Coun Alift Harewood said: “It’s better to have decent housing than what’s there now.
“I can’t see any objection. It will enhance the area.”
Coun Ellie Brooks said the site is in a ‘disgusting state’.
Coun Martin Hardy said: “This is a good use of a former council depot and generates one and two bed properties which is wonderful.
“There is no aesthetic pleasure in looking at a redundant former council depot.”
The development was thought to be in a sustainable location close to the town centre and is in keeping with the area.
It will preserve the character of the Buxton Road Conservation Area and will not have an adverse impact on the setting of the nearby listed buildings.
●● Days are numbered for the old council depot on Green Street