Coun­cil to con­sider re­tail park plans

Macclesfield Express - - GROOM HIT BRIDESMAID IN WEDDING PUNCH-UP -

PLANS for a £13m re­tail park on the for­mer Bar­racks Mill site have been sub­mit­ted to Cheshire East Coun­cil.

The pro­pos­als for the six-acre site off Black Lane in­clude four ‘bulky goods’ units with mez­za­nine lev­els rang­ing from 585 sqm to 3,252 sqm.

There could also be a fast food out­let such as KFC and cof­fee ‘pod’ po­ten­tially run by Costa cof­fee.

Ac­cess to the site will be from a new junc­tion off the Silk Road and there will be a 300-space car park.

De­vel­oper Cedar In­vest sub­mit­ted an out­line plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion with a full de­tailed ap­pli­ca­tion to be sub­mit­ted later.

John Whate­ley of Cedar In­vest said: “We be­lieve that our plans will breathe life into the area, cre­at­ing new jobs, un­lock­ing in­vest­ment and com­ple­ment­ing the re­tail of­fer of Mac­cles­field town cen­tre. Our team has worked hard to con­sider all points raised by lo­cal res­i­dents and th­ese have been ad­dressed as part of the sub­mit­ted ap­pli­ca­tion.”

The scheme faces stiff op­po­si­tion amid con­cerns that it would im­pact on town cen­tre re­gen­er­a­tion.

But Cedar In­vest in­sist bulky goods stores would com­ple­ment shops in the town cen­tre.

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