Water­side homes are planned for Marple

Stockport Express - - Your Views - EMMA CURRY news­desk@men-news.co.uk @MENnews­desk

ADEVELOPMENT of seven stone houses forms the cen­tre­piece of re­gen­er­a­tion plans, in a bid to bring a new lease of life to a water­side site at the junc­tion of the Mac­cles­field and Peak For­est canals in Marple

Spe­cial­ist wa­ter­front de­vel­oper H20 Ur­ban has sub­mit­ted a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to Stock­port coun­cil to con­struct seven three-bed­room homes and a new boaters’ ser­vice block and to con­vert a for­mer grade two-listed of­fice/ware­house stone build­ing into a de­tached fam­ily house.

Un­der the pro­posed plan for Marple Yard, the Stock­port Canal Trust, which runs the New Hori­zons trip boat and or­gan­ises trips for dis­abled peo­ple, would con­tinue to op­er­ate from the site on its own des­ig­nated moor­ing.

Richard Thomas from H20 said: “We have con­sid­ered many op­tions for this beau­ti­ful water­side site and be­lieve the cur­rent plans would be an at­trac­tive ad­di­tion to the lo­cal area.

“The seven stone houses have been care­fully de­signed to com­ple­ment this lovely lo­ca­tion where five new homes were also built re­cently.

“We have spent sev­eral years look­ing at a num­ber of op­tions for the for­mer ware­house to en­sure a sus- tain­able use for its fu­ture.

“The empty build­ing hasn’t been used for some years and is de­te­ri­o­rat­ing, but with care­ful, sen­si­tive ren­o­va­tion, the ex­te­rior will be pre­served and the build­ing se­cured for the fu­ture.

“Boat­ing will con­tinue to play an im­por­tant role at this key canal junc­tion.

“The New Hori­zons trip boat has been guar­an­teed its own ded­i­cated moor­ing un­der the scheme and boaters will get a much­needed new ser­vices block.

“Nearly two thirds of H20 de­vel­op­ment prof­its to date have been rein­vested in Bri­tain’s wa­ter­ways for the ben­e­fit of all canal users.

“It’s great to think every­one us­ing the canal ben­e­fits from the area be­ing up­graded and im­proved.”

A com­puter im­age of the pro­posed Marple Yard de­vel­op­ment

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