King’s has homes of­fer

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - KAREN BRITTON

KING’S School has had an of­fer from a de­vel­oper to con­vert its listed build­ings into new homes, it has been re­vealed.

Land around the main school build­ings at Cum­ber­land Street and its site at Fence Av­enue are be­ing sold off for hous­ing as the school plans a move to a new site in Prest­bury.

The school’s head­teacher Dr Simon Hyde re­vealed in a let­ter to par­ents that a de­vel­oper has come for­ward with a pro­posal to con­vert the Cum­ber­land Street site for res­i­den­tial use.

He said that the plan would main­tain the old fa­cade of the main build­ing plus in­clude some new-build prop­er­ties and the cricket lawn in front of the me­mo­rial gates would re­main. In the let­ter Dr Hyde wrote: “The school has re­ceived an of­fer from a spe­cial­ist de­vel­oper sub­ject to plan­ning and I am pleased to tell you that the prospec­tive pur­chaser un­der­stands the need to pro­vide both an at­trac­tive legacy for the school as well as dis­tinc­tive and high qual­ity scheme for the town.

“As soon as pre-ap­pli­ca­tion com­ments from the plan­ning author­ity have been pro­cessed the scheme will be open for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

“I can tell you the ini­tial scheme pre­serves the school’s listed build­ings, the front fa­cade of the main block as well as the open view of the school from the me­mo­rial gates.

“Con­ver­sion to res­i­den­tial use has been achieved at low den­sity with due re­gard for the unique set­ting.

“Given the cost of con- vert­ing her­itage build­ings, some new build has been in­tro­duced.”

Coun Janet Jack­son, who rep­re­sents Mac­cles­field Cen­tral and was a King’s gov­er­nor, said she hopes it will in­clude af­ford­able homes.

She said: “I do think the town needs an up­mar­ket ho­tel and this would have been ideal but it isn’t to be so we will have to see what comes for­ward.

“We are des­per­ate for hous­ing in the town but I’m con­cerned it says it will be low den­sity.

“I would like there to be some af­ford­able homes in the scheme.

“I’m pleased to see that the open green space will be kept and it’s good that the listed build­ings will be pre­served.”

Plan­ning ap­proval was granted for King’s to build a new school in the green belt at Prest­bury in Jan­uary this year.

King’s School’s Cum­ber­land Street site

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