Stamford Arms 2
The vacant Stamford Arms pub closed in 2012

Novo aims to give fresh lease of life to Cheshire pub

Dan Whelan

The Altrincham-based developer has lodged plans to restore the former Stamford Arms pub in Little Bollington, providing 18 homes in its latest affordable scheme.  

The pub on Lymm Road, which more recently operated as Home Bar & Grill, closed in July 2012. 

The proposals include the conversion of the pub building and coach houses into nine affordable apartments and five townhouses, respectively, along with four new-build family houses on the former car park. 

Novo purchased the 15,000 sq ft property from Enterprise Inns in September 2019 for an undisclosed sum after it failed to sell at auction. 

Ben Fearns, managing director at Novo, said: “After purchasing the Stamford Arms site, the extent of interest in the building from local and wider communities immediately became apparent to us.  

“While reopening the pub to its former use has proven to be an unsustainable proposition, through this development we are able to restore the building to ensure it has a sustainable future.” 

The site has thrown up “many constraints” during the planning process, Fearns added, and is expected to continue presenting the developer with challenges in the months to come, not least the Covid-19 pandemic.

“However, these are challenges we are prepared and eager to tackle as we push ahead with this development.” 

Stamford Arms

Cllr Kate Parkinson, Conservative councillor for Tatton, said: “I feel, like the residents, that the design of the proposed development is in keeping with the style of the other properties in the surrounding area, and is a welcome addition to what is a sadly dilapidated and unloved site.” 

Architecture studio Project 3 has designed the scheme, Avison Young is the planner and Civic Engineers is structural engineer. 

Novo is also delivering an affordable scheme on Brown Street in Hale comprising 22 homes, 10 townhouse and 12 shared ownership apartments, on a half-acre site that was previously used as a car park operated by Trafford Council.  

The lead contractor for the Brown Street project was CPUK,which fell into administration last week. The developer is liaising with Trafford Council on how best to proceed with the development.

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Lovely work team !!!

By Pete Swift

Affordable housing in Hale? Somehow i doubt it.

By Stuart Hawkins

Fantastic representation from the neighbours on Cheshire East’s Planning Portal:

“We live opposite the site and are delighted with prososed planning application. Novo Properties have been very engaged with the residents and have made changes to fall in line with the comments made. We are pleased that the main building will be renovated in line with it’s originality and with some contemporarary influence as well. We look forward to seeing this project fulfilled”

Shows all the hard work Novo have put into this scheme, if only all developers took the time to listen to the locals!

By Bored Web Dweller

If not para 145(g), then what are the VSC for this ‘inappropriate development’ in the Green Belt?

By LuaLua

Novo Properties – probably one of the best developers in the north west. Conscientious, good listeners, great schemes, well planned – and the sculptural and contextual architecture of Project3 is a real cut above much modern practice. Just seems to come naturally for some reason. Nice work to all involved.


Never come across Novo – but they should be very proud of the positive comments emanating from neighbours and the surrounding community.

Not many can claim to have as positive a conclusion to their efforts as this.

Well done.

By A Developer