The developer wants to build 350 homes as part of a residential-led mixed-use scheme across 67 acres next to Daresbury Business Park, which it owns and operates.
The move towards residential came after a market report by Knight Frank concluded that appetite for out-of-town office developments, such as the 225-acre Daresbury Business Park, was dwindling, according to the planning documents.
“While there is still some demand for out-of-town office space…this is being taken by more attractive sites like Birchwood,” the planning statement by consultancy Avison Young added.
Knight Frank’s report said that only 9% of all office take-up in the last seven years had been at Daresbury, whereas Birchwood has a 41% market share, the documents note.
As a result, Marshall Commercial Development Projects opted to include a residential offer in its latest plans for Daresbury.
The development site is split into three parcels. The residential part will occupy the parcel of land north of Red Brown Lane and some of the southern parcel.
Marshall CDP’s plans also include 323,000 sq ft of employment space on the southernmost plot.
Around 21,500 sq ft of local centre uses, including shops, bars and restaurants, are also proposed.
The development site is bounded to the west by the Cheshire Ring Canal.
Optimised Environments has drawn up the outline designs.
JLL and Knight Frank are the agents for Daresbury Park.