Macclesfield empty homes plan to get sign-off

The final draft of the Macclesfield town centre housing strategy has been recommended for approval by Cheshire East Council at its cabinet meeting next Tuesday.

The strategy grew out of the In-Town Living project, which aims to bring empty and underutilised residential buildings back into use, in order to provide development guidance.

Several actions have been identified to govern the next stages of the In-Town Living project, including further research to find and utilise empty properties and sites in the area, using currently available tools such as the council's empty homes loan, and seeking additional funding streams to support further in-town Macclesfield projects.

Sites across the town have been identified as potential redevelopment opportunities, including the former registry office in Park Green and the Old Kings Head pub in Chestergate.

Following approval of the first draft in July, the strategy was available for public consultation for six weeks. The document will now be used to complement the Cheshire East local plan which is currently under examination.

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