Landowner Tatton Estate is commissioning a strategy for managing its property portfolio over the next two decades, which could recommend fresh plans for development across the 5,000-acre estate.
The group, which owns swathes of land in Cheshire, excluding Tatton Park and the Old Hall, which are owned by the National Trust, aims to appoint a planning consultant by the end of February after producing a scoping document outlining the work.
The strategy will be drawn up with input from Cheshire East Council, the National Trust and other stakeholders, and detail existing and new plans for the estate. It is not expected to propose freehold sales of any assets or sites.
On the drawing board are proposals to bring under-used buildings back into use for businesses and the local community – Tatton has already done this with Egerton Hall in Rostherne – and two transport-based projects intended to open up the land for commuting and recreation. One is a proposed extension of the Bollin Valley Way and the other is a planned new cycleway between Tatton Park and Dunham Massey.
Tatton also expects the strategy to update on and review large-scale redevelopment projects, including a scheme to build up to 250 homes on a site north of the Parkgate Industrial Estate in Knutsford.
Tatton has outline planning consent for the homes, to be split between 154 for private sale and 71 affordable homes, and last January was reported by Place North West to be seeking a development partner to deliver the scheme.
It is understood that Tatton has now decided to sell the scheme to a volume housebuilder, with a deal expected to be signed in the next few weeks.
The estate also wants to increase the scheme to 250 homes and expects to submit a revised planning application in the next month.
Another sizeable project, to build a 300-home mixed-use community known as Bluebell Village, located off Manchester Road on the edge of Knutsford, has outline planning permission but Tatton is working with the local council to resolve a complicated section 106 agreement before it can progress the scheme.
Meanwhile, Tatton is marketing five farms for let to small-to-medium-sized businesses, and says it would consider taking an equity stake in an occupier in lieu of charging rent. The five properties up for rent are around 30,000 sq ft each, totalling more than 100,000 sq ft of commercial space. Possible uses include technology and medical research, retirement housing, retail and leisure.
William Sillitoe and Fisher German are retained agents for Tatton.
Henry Brooks, managing director of Tatton Group, told Place North West: “The estate would benefit from a coherent strategy for all these components of the land, to ensure that new development can maximise the social, environmental and economic benefits to the local community in and around Tatton, and the wider Cheshire East catchment area.”