Hous­ing plan for for­mer steel site

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

A FOR­MER steel mer­chants which ran for 200 years could be de­mol­ished for new hous­ing.

Wil­liam Kenyon Ltd on Great King Street closed its doors in De­cem­ber af­ter own­ers Barry and Eileen Kenyon de­cided to re­tire.

Now Cheshire East Coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing plans by South Park De­vel­op­ment Ltd to de­mol­ish the build­ing, which is part of a site on the cor­ner of Great King Street, Cather­ine Street and Pierce Street.

In its place the firm is propos­ing to build three two-bed ter­raced homes on Great King Street; four three-bed­room ter­raced houses on Cather­ine Street and three ter­raced two-bed­room houses on Pierce Street.

Other build­ings in­cluded in the pro­posed re­de­vel­op­ment in­clude a cor­ner shop and a two storey build­ing which will both be re­tained and con­verted into homes.

In his de­sign state­ment, plan­ning agent An­drew Py­att said: “The for­mer steel stock­hold­ers and build­ing mer­chants is derelict and this pro­posal for re­de­vel­op­ment to res­i­den­tial dwellings is de­signed for fam­i­lies. The lo­cal econ­omy will be strength­ened through the in­creased use of lo­cal fa­cil­i­ties.”

The scheme has the thumbs up from Keith Smith, from Mac­cles­field Civic So­ci­ety. He said: “It would pro­vide small hous­ing units close to the town cen­tre thereby adding to the di­ver­sity of the area. The char­ac­ter and de­sign ap­pears ap­pro­pri­ate and re­flects the es­tab­lished ver­nac­u­lar. The el­e­va­tions re­spect lo­cal build­ing tra­di­tions, par­tic­u­larly the se­cond floor on the west el­e­va­tion.

“The ex­ter­nal amenity space is small but re­flects lo­cal char­ac­ter. It would not be ap­pro­pri­ate to at­tempt park­ing pro­vi­sion on site.”

●● The Wil­liam Kenyon Ltd build­ing on Great King Street which is now pro­posed for de­mo­li­tion to cre­ate new hous­ing. In­set: one of the plans for the site

●● All Hal­lows stu­dents dur­ing one of the team build­ing ex­er­cises

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