A reserved matters application by David Wilson Homes at the Fence Avenue site of King’s School has been recommended for approval, as the school prepares to complete its move to Prestbury.
King’s will next month move into its £60m campus on Alderley Road, Prestbury, triggering the start of a raft of projects at the two town centre sites it is vacating.
McCarthy & Stone, Hillcrest Homes and Bellway are each advancing projects within the high profile Cumberland Street site on the western approach to the town centre; while DWH is taking forward the former Macclesfield High School for Girls site, adjacent to Victoria Park on the other side of Macclesfield town centre.
With outline consent secured in 2017 for up to 300 homes at Fence Avenue, Cheshire East Council’s strategic planning board will next week determine on reserved matters.
The project involves the creation of 27 apartments within the retained Fence House building, and the building of 273 houses within the former school grounds. Other features to be retained include the entrance pillars at the site’s frontage. The site sits within the Buxton Road and Macclesfield Canal heritage areas, the canal running along the southern boundary.
The site is owned by Homes England, and is to offer 56 affordable homes in total. Of those, 30 are being offered for affordable rent with 28 being offered at a discount of open market value, 24 are for shared ownership, and six are for social rent.