Lidl Macclesfield

Lidl’s Macclesfield store set for approval

Cheshire East’s Northern planning committee will discuss proposals by Lidl for a 14,000 sq ft store on Parsonage Street in Macclesfield at a meeting next week, with a recommendation to approve.

The project, designed by Space Architects, sits on a 1.4 acre site off Parsonage Street, Park Green, and the A536. The site, previously used for offices and light industrial, has been vacant for around 10 years.

It includes around 14,000 sq ft of retail space, car parking for 88 vehicles, and a new public frontage to Park Green. The overall scheme covers around 40,000 sq ft.

A previous application by Lidl for the site was withdrawn following a review by Places Matter, which raised a series of design issues, including “an overcomplicated material palette” and “poor links around the site”.

The architect plans to use perforated copper cladding on the building combined with a concrete façade along the lower levels.

The proposals are expected to create 25 full-time equivalent jobs.

In recommending the scheme for approval, council planning officers said: “This proposal would bring economic benefits through the delivery of new retail jobs, investment in the area, and by bringing a prominent vacant brownfield site into viable use on one of the key gateways to Macclesfield town centre”.

Officers added the scheme was acceptable in terms of its impact on local traffic and parking facilities within the town centre.

The professional team includes SCP as transport planner and Wardell Armstrong as environmental consultant. Cheshire East’s Northern planning committee meets on 17 January.

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It’s Cheshire East so it will get refused against officers’ recommendation because a couple more cars may use a road.

By Nordyne

Vacant and underutilised land in the town centre which is currently occupied by an ugly decaying multi-story building. Get it built and give the town the investment that it deserves.

By Anonymous

Excellent news
Macclesfield is struggling on a retail aspect and needs renergising on many levels.

By Kedric Griffith

Great news town dying fantastic design far to many empty sites lets have it built asap

By Paulregt

What a ridiculous place for a supermarket. One of the few places left in Macclesfield that could be developed to offer an extended range of food and drink outlets. There are a number of such outlets already within an area containing a number of historic buildings.
Clearly everyone wants the tower block removed but it’s replacement needs to be appropriate for such a key site in the town.
Let’s hope the planners have some knowledge of the town’s history and some vision for its future and see sense by blocking this potential blight.

By John