Congleton Apartments Dane Bridge May 2019

Congleton mill site to be redeveloped

The site of the former Danebridge Mill in Congleton, cleared in 2011 following a fire, is set to be redeveloped into a five-storey block of apartments under plans brought forward by developer Selyor Properties.

The mill in the town centre sat next to the River Dane but was severely damaged by a fire around eight years ago, and the site has subsequently remained vacant. It is identified as a development opportunity under Cheshire East’s brownfield register.

In its place, developer Selyor is proposing to build a mixed four-and-five-storey block of apartments. These are split between 11 two-beds and 33 one-beds, while 50 car parking and 44 cycle storage spaces will be provided. Under the council’s housing strategy, 13 of the units will be designated as affordable, split between eight for affordable rent and a further five for intermediate tenures.

Primarily brick-clad, the block will also feature metal cladding panels along with juliette balconies.

Previous proposals for the site were for 14 homes, ranging between two and four-bedroom houses. This was given planning consent in April 2014 but was never progressed. It also borders the existing Sandpipers development, built by Bellway.

Cheshire East’s planning committee is set to make a decision on the scheme next week, with planning officers recommending the proposals for approval, subject to a Section 106 agreement.

This includes the provision of affordable homes along with a £54,400 contribution to education provision, and an open space provision of £18,000.

The professional team includes Bramhall Town Planning; Mode Transport Planning; Ascerta; VWB Architects; Roxburgh; Survey Systems; and YD2.

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A good looking scheme and use of the site. Bring it on.