Flats wel­comed to re­place ‘eye­sore’ aban­doned de­pot

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - KAREN BRIT­TON

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.

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●● Days are num­bered for the old coun­cil de­pot on Green Street

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