Hurds­field £1m hub plans get £25k boost from land sell-off

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

COUN­CIL chiefs have agreed to sell the for­mer Hurds­field Com­mu­nity Cen­tre to al­low for new af­ford­able hous­ing.

It has been bought by so­cial land­lord, Cheshire Peaks and Plains Hous­ing Trust, for £25,000 - less than half its market value.

The move was rub­ber stamped by coun Don Stock­ton, cab­i­net mem­ber for re­gen­er­a­tion on Cheshire East Coun­cil, and jus­ti­fied “given that the pro­posed dis­posal sup­ports the aim of de­liv­er­ing af­ford­able hous­ing...to pro­mote the so­cial and eco­nomic well-be­ing of the lo­cal area”.

The £25,000 will go to­wards the £1m cost of build­ing a new com­mu­nity hub in Hurds­field, which in­volves re­de­vel­op­ing the cur­rent fam­ily cen­tre on Ni­chol­son Close.

The sale fi­nalises a deal that has been in the mak­ing since Septem­ber last year when the coun­cil started look­ing to dis­pose of what has be­come an eye­sore.

In its re­port Coun Stock­ton said: “The build­ing is in a poor state of re­pair and is likely to at­tract anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in the future and con­tin­ued main­te­nance and se­cu­rity costs.”

Plans have been ap­proved to de­mol­ish the for­mer Hurds­field Com­mu­nity Cen­tre to cre­ate six two homes - four with two bed­rooms and two with three bed­rooms - for so­cial hous­ing on a plot of land off Caris­brook Av­enue and Al­ton Drive, Hurds­field. The scheme also in­cludes car park­ing for nine ve­hi­cles.

The site was oc­cu­pied by a sin­gle storey brick and tim­ber build­ing, used as a com­mu­nity cen­tre un­til 2007. The build­ing be­came run down and an eye­sore.

In a coun­cil re­port it said the prop­erty was val­ued at £52,500 and of the four of­fers re­ceived too buy the site the Trust’s £25,000 was the low­est.

How­ever, the coun­cil’s Strate­gic Hous­ing Ser­vice sup­ported the ‘much needed’ af­ford­able hous­ing and ac­cepted the cut price of­fer.

The coun­cil also said the sale - part of the coun­cil’s pol­icy of sell­ing off un­wanted as­sets - would boost funds for other ser­vices and save it £2,500 in busi­ness rates.

Un­der new plans the fam­ily cen­tre on Ni­chol­son Close will be­come a com­mu­nity hub bring­ing to­gether sev­eral ser­vices and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Hurds­field was iden­ti­fied as one of five lo­ca­tions which needed at­ten­tion dur­ing a coun­cil re­view.

Left to right are Colin Turner, Caro­line Mole, John Lewis Chea­dle’s Com­mu­nity Li­ai­son Co­or­di­na­tor, Christina Un­der­hill, and Talk­ing News­pa­per record­ing tech­ni­cian Mike Gre­gory.

An artists im­pres­sion of the new ac­com­mo­da­tion, in­set, the homes will re­place a derelict com­mu­nity cen­tre in Hurds­field

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