Apartments plan at former home of justice
IT used to be the place in Macclesfield people would most dread going - but developers now want to turn it into somewhere you can call home.
Macclesfield Magistrates Court, on Hibel Road, saw thousands of defendants face justice until it closed in September 2016.
It has remained vacant since but now a planning application from Gary McLellan, of Bollingtonbased Nab Construction seeks to change that.
The company has asked Cheshire East Council for permission to convert the building into 12 apartments.
If approval is given the conversion would require some structural changes including an extra story added and the removal of the court’s jail cell.
A report by planning consultant Andrew Ellis, has been submitted with the application.
In it he says: “The proposal makes an effective use of previously developed land within an edge of town centre location and would contribute towards an increase in housing supply. The site is located within a highly sustainable location and is suitable for re-development of this nature.
“Although not an employment scheme, the development would create construction jobs and housing and thereby con- tribute to the local economy.
“The main physical alterations to the building would include the removal of the steel cage at the rear of the building and the construction of a roof top extension.”
A decision on the application is expected by March next year with Wednesday, January 9, the final date for people to submit comments on it.
The conversion would create seven one-bedroom apartments and five two-bedroom apartments and have 12 parking spaces.
The developer argues his plans fit in with the housing strategy for Macclesfield town centre of bringing ‘empty or underutilised properties back into a usable condition’.
Among those to have commented on the plans are Macclesfield Civic Society.
It has said: “This is an interesting proposal. The conversion works make the most of the existing building though the new second floor does not have a set back (that) would improve the appearance of the scheme.
“In principle the scheme has merit but some details need attention.”
Plans have been submitted to turn the former Macclesfield Magistrates Court on Hibel Road into 12 flats
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