Bluemantle gets go-ahead for 13-acre Disley scheme

Cheshire-based developer Bluemantle has been granted outline planning permission to build a residential-led development on a manufacturing site in Disley, near Macclesfield.

HOW Planning advised on the application for 160 residential units, a 60-bed senior care home, public open space and 26,000 sq ft of business space.

The site off Redhouse Lane is occupied by drum-makers Fibrestar and Harcostar who will relocate if the land is redeveloped. A site for their relocation has yet to be named.

HOW argued that the previous employment use reserved by the council could be partially replaced with residential due to various operational constraints encountered by Fibrestar and Harcostar and disruption caused to local residents by HGVs moving in and out of the base.

The scheme was designed by GA Studio and, if delivered, would use a frontage to the Peak Forest Canal and views towards the Derbyshire Peaks.

Paul Stewart of Bluemantle commented: "We are clearly delighted with the outcome and now need to work even closer with our tenants to ensure that their needs are met and that this fantastic site is delivered in a way that responds to its magnificent setting.

"Whilst adding value to our portfolio is important, especially in today's economic climate, it is also vital to recognise the long term needs and requirements of the local community."

Richard Barton, senior planner at HOW Planning, added: "These proposals will rejuvenate what is currently a very inefficient site which isn't benefiting the existing occupier and which causes disruption to the surrounding area. The development of this employment land will free up what is the only large brownfield site in Disley to meet housing and employment needs of local people for years to come."

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