Cheshire has the strongest economy in the North of England yet its contribution to the Northern Powerhouse is in danger of being overlooked, says Henry Brooks, managing director of Tatton Estate Management.
Tatton Estate covers several thousand acres and is home and workplace to more than 1,000 people in more than 500 residential and commercial properties.
Brooks told Place North West: “It’s fantastic to see the progress Greater Manchester is making with their spatial framework, but why stop at the border? People and businesses don’t think in terms of local authority boundaries and we should be thinking about planning for the entire Northern Powerhouse, ensuring that decisions about infrastructure, employment space and housing are coordinated to maximise economic growth.”
Tatton Estate Management, the development and asset management division, is active on numerous projects from converting farms into modern offices, to attracting high-end pub operator Brunning & Price to former social club in the model village of Bostock Green, now classic country pub the Hayhurst Arms. Californian electric supercar maker Tesla is among a new wave of retailers to open in the past year in Tatton Estate premises in Knutsford, where its office is based.
In Knutsford, TEM is proposing to build 200 homes on land previously reserved for industrial use next to Parkgate Industrial Estate at Parkgate Common.
Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership state that it is one of the strongest and best performing economies in England, and the strongest in the North of England, with workforce productivity levels rivalling those generated anywhere in England outside of the capital.
Brooks added: “We’re lucky to have a range of world leading firms and specialisms which could be an even greater driving force behind economic growth in the region. We have a golden opportunity to accelerate the delivery of the entire region, not just our cities. We are proud to sit at the heart of this and are looking at projects that could deliver thousands of additional jobs over the next few years.
Brooks continued: “As the largest private landowner in Cheshire East we are always looking at new ways to create jobs and great places for people to live, work and play. We focus on attracting businesses that will benefit Cheshire, often by thinking creatively about how we can utilise the wide range of properties on the Estate. We work hard to promote Cheshire as a great investment opportunity and it’s fantastic to see how the region is booming.
“At Tatton Estate Management we are working within our own property portfolio and with external property owners to identify new projects that can enhance the local community and deliver value for owners.”
The Tatton Estate has been under the stewardship of the Brooks family since the death of the last Lord Egerton in 1957 when Tatton Hall and Park were separated and gifted to the National Trust.
The estate stretches from Altrincham, Bowdon and Hale in the north to Knutsford in the south in addition to land at Peover and Bostock Green.
Among the business interests of the estate are running Ashley Hall Showground and Event centre used for outdoor events and TV location filming, as well as providing property management and surveying services to tenants.