A London-based developer is set to start its first project in the North West: the residential conversion of a vast grade two-listed mill on the edge of Stockport town centre.
William George Homes plans to renovate the 175,000 sq ft Meadow Mill into 213 apartments. The proposals were approved at a meeting of Stockport Council’s central area committee on 13 April, but still need final sign-off at the town’s next planning committee on 27 April.
The project will see a mix of apartments within the building, ranging from studios to three bedrooms.
The flats will be for a mix of rent and sale, and are due to be available from 2018.
The seven-storey building on Water Street and Triviot Way was built as a textile mill in 1880. In recent years it has housed a mix of industrial, leisure, retail and office tenants, but remained 65% vacant and parts of the structure have fallen into disrepair.
Under William George’s proposals, the derelict roof would be removed, and replaced with an extension to add an additional storey in height.
The site overlooks the Portwood roundabout, next to Tesco Supermarket and S-Park, on the fringe of the town centre.
In the planning application, the developer said it intends “to create an impressive ‘grand’ residential and commercial premises and landscape commensurate with Meadow Mill’s gateway location.”
CJ Partnership is the architect, and Peter Rowlinson Planning advised on the application.
William George acquired the site in 2016, after it was put on the market for £2.6m.