50 new homes in town cen­tre go be­fore plan­ners

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX SCAPENS

AT­TEMPTS to make Mac­cles­field a town cen­tre liv­ing des­ti­na­tion have re­ceived a boost with plans for an­other 53 new homes across four sites.

Three of the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions are newly sub­mit­ted and are for 14 town houses at the site of the Arighi Bianchi Foun­tain Street ware­houses, 14 homes at Cuck­stool­spit Hill, and at Canal Street, where there would be 10 house and four apart­ments.

An­other plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion seeks to make amendments - such as ad­di­tional bed­rooms and park­ing - to an al­ready ap­proved scheme for eight houses and three apart­ments at Par­adise Street.

These fol­low other al­ready sub­mit­ted schemes for the town cen­tre in­clud­ing 84 homes ap­proved for Craven House, with de­vel­op­ers Huntsmere Ltd in­ter­ested in adding an­other 24 via ad­di­tional storeys.

And the two King’s School sites that will be va­cated by its move to Prest­bury are ear­marked for around 200 homes, in­clud­ing a re­tire­ment vil- lage for around 90 peo­ple.

When speak­ing about Craven House, Mac­cles­field coun­cil­lor Liz Durham said: “We want to ex­pand town cen­tre liv­ing but we need to be cau­tious how we do it.”

At Foun­tain Street the site’s pre­vi­ous use as a chem­i­cal works has led to fears of pos­si­ble con­tam­i­na­tion in the ground that would need to be mit­i­gated.

As part of the con­sul­ta­tion coun­cil en­force­ment of­fi­cer Re­bekah Nor­bury said: “Cur­rently, we would rec­om­mend re­fusal on this ap­pli­ca­tion as we are aware of a for­mer metal works and chem­i­cal works on the site.

“As the site is pro­posed for a more sen­si­tive end use, we would re­quire a min­i­mum of a phase I pre­lim­i­nary risk as­sess­ment.

“The ap­pli­ca­tion may re­quire con­tam­i­nated land pre-com­mence­ment con­di­tions.”

As part of the de­vel­op­ment, by Silk­dale Liv­ing, the ware­houses would be de­mol­ished and any op­er­a­tions moved to Arighi Bianchi’s Adling­ton site.

The Canal Street scheme - from the same ap­pli­cant - would bring back to life an area that cur­rently con­tains a car park and two in­dus­trial build­ings that are all dis­used.

Part of the two ap­pli­ca­tions is a re­port by Band Ar­chi­tects, which says of both: “The site does not present any lo­gis­ti­cal prob­lems with re­gard to the con­struc­tion of the de­vel­op­ment.

“We be­lieve the pro­pos­als will en­hance the set­ting and value of the sur­round­ing prop­er­ties as well as in­crease em­ploy­ment for lo­cal labour dur­ing the works.”

Re­genda Group is the ap­pli­cant for the Cuck­stool­spit Hill de­vel­op­ment, which would com­prise of eight three-bed houses and six one-bed apart­ments.

It is thought the site was pre­vi­ously used as a salt store by the coun­cil.

A re­port by Hal­sall Lloyd Part­ner­ship, sub­mit­ted with the ap­pli­ca­tion, states: “The pro­ject will as­sist in pro­vid­ing the ever grow­ing hous­ing de­mand of the area and also en­hance its sur­round­ing built en­vi­ron­ment.”

Other town cen­tre de­vel­op­ments ap­proved in­clude plans by Peaks and Plains for 67 homes at Park Green and pro­pos­als at Goodall Street for seven town houses and a sev­enbed care fa­cil­ity.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the Cuck­stool­spit Hill de­vel­op­ment

An im­pres­sion of what the new homes at Canal Street will look like

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