Peter Brett submits planning for Next store in Cheshire

David McCourt

The national development consultant has submitted plans for a Class A1 retail store on land owned by Cheshire East Council next to Handforth Dean Retail Park.

The proposed Next Home & Garden store will comprise a three-storey, freestanding retail unit with a single storey conservatory and garden centre attached.

The 82,000 sq ft building, with a net retail sales area of 50,000 sq ft, will provide a store for the sale of Next fashion items alongside a range of home and garden products.

The scheme has been designed to reduce energy demand and maximise energy efficiency so that a BREEAM 'very good' rating can be achieved.

The build will deliver a capital investment of over £10m to Handforth Dean and the surrounding area.

Ruth Child, senior associate at Roger Tym & Partners, now merged with Peter Brett Associates, said: "An extensive programme of community engagement has been undertaken prior to the submission of the application, including three public exhibitions and a social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter which have demonstrated an overwhelming amount of public support for the proposals.

"85% of all responses express unconditional support for the scheme and the Facebook and Twitter campaigns have achieved 2,200 'likes' and followers."

The land, which was last used in 2010 as a temporary long stay car park for up to 3,000 vehicles associated with Manchester Airport, has been vacant for 20 years.

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