Cheshire East Council is looking to sign off a Local Development Order to allow several sites in Macclesfield town centre to come forward for residential redevelopment.
As part of a wider strategy for the town centre, the council is looking to put special planning measures in place to make it easier for developers to gain planning permission for residential projects.
This focusses on several sites in central Macclesfield, divided into two areas: Northside and Whalley Hayes.
All the sites are in differing ownership and some are being proposed as conversions, while others are currently derelict or undeveloped.
The Northside area is split into four plots; the former Magistrates’ Court; an adjacent plot on Beech Lane; an undeveloped site on the corner of Beech Lane and Hibel Road; and a building and surface car park at the end of Pearle Street.
Whalley Hayes has five sites, largely focussed around King Edward Street, Westminster Street, Little Street, and King Edward Road.
One is a surface car park on King Edward Road; another is a plot bordered by Churchill Way on the opposite side of Little Street to the Swan With Two Necks pub; and another is a plot split into two parts, incorporating surface parking and a number of industrial units along King Edward Street.
A plot behind Macclesfield Methodist Church, home to a schoolwear supplier, is also listed as one of the sites to be brought forward.
All of these sites are being put forward for residential redevelopment, although the majority of these will be smaller scale with heights on certain plots restricted to under three or four storeys. There is a split of townhouses and apartments being proposed.
One of the plots on Whalley Hayes could also be developed as a retail or commercial site under the LDO, which is to go before Cheshire East’s full council meeting next week. The council has been supported by eScape Urbanists on the LDO.
The strategic regeneration of the town centre moved forward late last year with a professional team of Cushman & Wakefield, Open, and WSP appointed to draw up plans for Macclesfield’s core.
Cheshire East identified the need for a five-year regeneration strategy for Macclesfield around 12 months ago with a report prepared by executive director of place Frank Jordan.
This report suggested expanding and improving public realm, re-purposing under-used buildings, and better promotion of the town’s heritage assets.