Hous­ing plan for old cen­tre

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

PLANS have been sub­mit­ted to de­mol­ish the for­mer Hurds­field Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and build new homes.

The scheme by Peaks and Plains Hous­ing Trust aims to cre­ate six new two storey homes for so­cial hous­ing on a plot of land off Caris­brook Av­enue and Al­ton Drive, Hurds­field. There will be two three-bed and four two-bed prop­er­ties.

There are also plans for car park­ing for nine ve­hi­cles. The site is oc­cu­pied by a sin­gle storey brick and tim­ber build­ing, for­merly used as a com­mu­nity cen­tre. The build­ing is cur­rently run down, dis­used and con­sid­ered an eye­sore.

Com­ment­ing on the scheme Keith Smith, of Mac­cles­field Civic So­ci­ety, said: “This is a well de­signed scheme pro­vid­ing much needed af­ford­able hous­ing. The lay­out and el­e­va­tion de­tail­ing are well han­dled and this will be a wor­thy ad­di­tion to the lo­cal­ity, thereby as­sist­ing ur­ban re­gen­er­a­tion.”

The plans are now with Cheshire East Coun­cil, which sold the land to Peaks and Plains in or­der to part fund a new £1m com­mu­nity hub which will be built in Hurds­field.

The hub scheme in­volves re­de­vel­op­ing the cur­rent fam­ily cen­tre on Nicholson Close.

Ser­vices op­er­at­ing there now are cen­tred on sup­port­ing young fam­i­lies, but un­der new plans the build­ing will be­come a com­mu­nity hub bring­ing to­gether sev­eral ser­vices and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Hurds­field was iden­ti­fied as one of five lo­ca­tions in the bor­ough which needed at­ten­tion dur­ing the coun­cil’s Cre­at­ing Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Re­view.

●● The homes will be built on the site of the derelict com­mu­nity cen­tre in Hurds­field

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