His­toric pub set to meet bull­dozer

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

AHISTORIC pub which served work­ers who built the Mac­cles­field Canal is to be de­mol­ished for hous­ing.

The Fools Nook Inn, on Lon­don Road, Sut­ton, was built in 1830 to serve the navvies con­struct­ing the wa­ter­way.

It re­mained open un­til re­cently when it was badly dam­aged in a flood in 2012 and failed to re­cover.

Now devel­oper Branch­ing Out Two Ltd has sub­mit­ted plans to build seven new homes on the land, which in­cludes the pub and car park.

Of the seven homes, there will be two three­bed­room prop­er­ties and five two bed­roomed prop­er­ties.

There will be a to­tal of 23 car park­ing spa­ces in­clud­ing seven vis­i­tor spa­ces and two park­ing spa­ces on land off Rad­cliffe Road.

Ac­cess to the devel­op­ment will be di­rectly onto the A523 Lon­don Road.

In its plan­ning state­ment ar­chi­tects Ali­son Pike said: “The ex­ist­ing built fab­ric is over 150 years old and has suf­fered from move­ment, dry and wet rot and its po­si­tion on the site has re­sulted in the cel­lar be­ing flooded, which has fur­ther dam­aged the struc­ture. All of these fac­tors make the ex­ist­ing build­ing un­suit­able for con­ver­sion.

“As this is a site that ex­ists within a small ham­let with ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture, there is the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop this site for hous­ing.”

How­ever, com­ment­ing on the plans Keith Smith, of Mac­cles­field Civic So­ci­ety, sug­gested the devel­op­ment was ‘re­mote’ from ser­vices such as shops, schools, so­cial ser­vices and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

De­scrib­ing the scheme as ‘tricky’, he also ar­gued that it could im­pact on the green belt, adding: “The site is within the green belt yet it is ar­gued it will have no ef­fect on its main pur­poses.

“The over­all scheme cer­tainly would re­sult in a loss of open­ness, not­with­stand­ing the ma­jor­ity of build­ing would take place on the for­mer car park. How­ever it would cer­tainly in­ten­sify built devel­op­ment in this ru­ral lo­cal­ity.”

Mr Smith also raised the concern of the devel­op­ment’s direct ac­cess onto Lon­don Road and sug­gested that it could have al­lowed ac­cess via Rad- cliffe Road, although it would mean los­ing one of the homes pro­posed.

The pub was orig­i­nally called the Royal Oak be­fore a name change.

The canal swing bridge op­po­site the site is called the ‘Royal Oak Swing Bridge’.

A lay­out plan for the seven homes on the site

The de­sign of three of the pro­posed prop­er­ties

The Fools Nook in Sut­ton

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