Alderley Edge hotel site secures planning consent

Developer Hall & Co is set to deliver a luxury housing development on the site of the former County Hotel in Alderley Edge by 2021 after winning planning consent.

The hotel just off the A34 has been vacant since 2009 and has fallen into disrepair since its closure nearly 10 years ago, and has been subject to a series of planning applications.

These include proposals for 14 apartments, which was approved by Cheshire East Council in 2013. A start on site was made but this redevelopment then stalled. A year earlier, plans were withdrawn to convert the existing hotel into six apartments, alongside a new-build block of eight homes.

Hall & Co’s plans are for 22 apartments and four townhouses, along with winter gardens, outdoor terraces, communal gardens, and underground parking.

The scheme, designed by Ollier Smurthwaite, will see the existing hotel and its associated Wacky Warehouse building demolished to make way for the scheme.

Cheshire East’s planning committee gave the project the green light earlier this month, and Hall & Co is looking to complete the project by spring 2021.

Managing director of Ollier Smurthwaite, Matt Ollier, said: “The site offered a unique opportunity to create a landmark scheme; one of a kind Victorian elegance reimagined with generous room proportions, tall ceilings, and bespoke, beautifully crafted interiors, using the finest materials and all sitting in immaculately manicured landscaped gardens.”

“We’ve created a fantastic scheme that provides high quality, beautifully designed housing of a standard long associated with Alderley Edge.”

Roy Hall, chairman of Hall & Co Property, said: “After extensive negotiations and enormous effort from our architects and planning team, we’re pleased to have received full planning permission to bring the site back to life – for far too many years, it has been an eyesore and indeed an embarrassment to the village and we’re proud to be able to breathe life into what is an important gateway site.”

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