New leisure de­vel­op­ment ‘could be­gin next year’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

CON­STRUC­TION of a new leisure de­vel­op­ment to drive for­ward the re­gen­er­a­tion of the town cen­tre could start as early as next year, coun­cil chiefs claim.

Nine­teen de­vel­op­ers have put for­ward plans for two sites – the Churchill Way car park or the Duke Street car park – fol­low­ing an ap­peal by Cheshire East Coun­cil in June when it was an­nounced the coun­cil would sell off one of the two sites to al­low de­vel­op­ers to come up with their own leisure schemes.

Con­struc­tion of the cho­sen scheme, which will in­clude a cin­ema, could be­gin next year sub­ject to plan­ning ap­proval.

Nick Hynes, who leads the Mac­cles­field Town Cen­tre Vi­sion de­sign board, which was formed to in­ves­ti­gate op­tions for a leisure scheme and con­sult with the com­mu­nity, said the level of in­ter­est from de­vel­op­ers was ‘tremen­dous’.

He added: “I was con­fi­dent that there would be a keen in­ter­est from de­vel­op­ers but to get 19 se­ri­ous and sub­stan­tial pro­pos­als sub­mit­ted is even bet­ter than we had hoped.

“There is grow­ing con­fi­dence in the town – and rightly so.

“Now we need to con­tinue to work in part­ner­ship with the coun­cil to en­sure there is no let up in the mo­men­tum, that lo­cal stake­hold­ers can share their views and that we get a scheme that is right for the peo­ple of Mac­cles­field.”

Google Street View

●● The Duke Street car park is one of the sites be­ing of­fered for de­vel­op­ment

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.