Residential plans for Congleton mill

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Cheshire East Council is set to approve plans for 49 homes on the former site of Forge Mill in Congleton.

EMC Properties submitted outline plans for the scheme earlier this year, which planning officers have recommended for approval. The outcome of the application will be decided at a meeting of Cheshire East's northern planning committee next week.

The proposals include landscaped open space and parking, a conservation area and environmental enhancements. There will be 15 affordable homes included in the housing provision.

Forge Mill was occupied by industrial engineering company Busch until it vacated the premises in 2012. The mill was demolished in 2013 following a fire.

The 18-acre site is divided into two distinct areas of land, the previously developed land to the south and grassland to the north. The majority of the residential development is to be within the southern side of the plot, with the grassland used for wildlife and play areas.

Savills is advising EMC on the development.

Within the planning statement, Savills said that "on balance, it is clear that the scheme represents a new, sustainable development, carrying many social, environmental and economic benefits that are capable of delivering significant enhancements within its surrounding context."

EMC previously submitted a planning application for the site in 2013, but withdrew it in October following council concerns. The latest application said that the plans had undergone "a significant redesign".

Natasha Rowland, associate director of Savills, said: "We have worked hard with the council over many months to create what we believe is an exciting development. We are looking forward to the committee's consideration next week."

Edward Architecture Studios worked up the masterplan for the site.

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