Novo aims to give fresh lease of life to Cheshire pub

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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