Cen­tre car parks go up for sale

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

TWO car parks are up for sale in a bid to get the town cen­tre re­gen­er­a­tion un­der­way.

Cheshire East an­nounced ear­lier this year it had scrapped its ‘Silk Street’ town cen­tre re­gen­er­a­tion plan which pro­posed around new 20 shops, a depart­ment store, town square and mul­ti­screen cin­ema. The plan was scrapped in favour of a smaller leisure-led scheme on the Duke Street or Churchill Way car park.

Now the coun­cil has put the car parks on the mar­ket and asked de­vel­op­ers to come for­ward with pro­pos­als, which could still in­clude a cin­ema.

It’s likely that only one of the car parks will be de­vel­oped and each is just a third of the size of the pre­vi­ous de­vel­op­ment area.

Nick Hynes, chair­man of the Mac­cles­field Town Cen­tre Vi­sion Stake­holder Panel, said: “We’re not just look­ing to sell to the high­est bid­der but would like to find a pur­chaser who will of­fer the best all-round scheme for the town cen­tre. We know that lo­cal peo­ple want a qual­ity de­vel­op­ment which in­creases foot­fall and re­in­forces Mac­cles­field’s unique per­son­al­ity.”

Prospec­tive pur­chasers can con­tact David Mur­ray at San­der­son Weather­all at david.mur­ray@sw. co.uk or on 0161 259 7000.

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