Novo reveals vision for Little Bollington site

After buying the former Stamford Arms in September this year, the Altrincham-based developer has revealed plans for 21 homes and community space on the derelict site in Little Bollington.

Working with architect Project3 and planner Avison Young, the developer has outlined a vision to regenerate the site by delivering a mix of new-build homes along with converting the former pub into houses.

Comprising around 15,000 sq ft over one-and-a-half acres, the pub and its outbuildings sit behind Dunham Massey and near the popular Swan With Two Nicks pub in Little Bollington. The plot also includes a car park, which was formerly a bowling green; the site is within Cheshire East’s Green Belt.

A total of 21 houses and apartments are proposed, nine of which will be for affordable tenures. Nine apartments will be in the restored Stamford Arms, with a further six in the neighbouring coach house building. Five four-bed red-brick homes also form part of the plans along with parking spaces.

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A single-storey community hub, including green space and a village pond, is also to be brought forward; Novo intends to create a “business plan” with the community to make the space self-sustaining for uses including hosting events and classes.

The original pub dates to around 1900 but has seen a number of poor-quality additions and alterations since then; the proposals include restoring the building’s original fabric along with a sensitive addition to the rear.

A public consultation took place earlier this week, with the plans understood to be well received by the local community.

The site has been vacant for some time; the pub changed its name from the Stamford Arms to Home in 2007 and operated under this moniker until 2012 when it shut down. Since then, the condition of the site and its buildings has deteriorated significantly.

Former owner Enterprise Inns had been looking to sell the site first listing it for sale at an asking price of £1.4m, before cutting the price down to £1m.

However, the property failed to sell and was offered at auction via Pugh Auctions. The lot again failed to attract any bidders; with a deal needing to be done quickly, Novo concluded the purchase following the auction for an undisclosed fee in September.

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They managed to put this together extremely quickly following the invitation to the general public to provide their input as to what the site should be used for….hmmmm

By Synick

Synick – the team presented this to the community as our outline of what might be achievable on the site. Loads of ideas in the mix, feel free to provide constructive feedback 😉

By Novo Team

Looks good to me. Essential that the exterior of the pub remains in tact as much as possible. As much as it pains me it’s never going to survive as a pub again in this location

By In my back yard

One of the saddest lines I have read for a long time – “The plot also includes a car park, which was formerly a bowling green; the site is within Cheshire East’s Green Belt.”

By J Burton

Funny how they bought it and then said they are asking the community what they think should go there to benefit the community. They had no intention of this and always had plans to make lots of money out of it being homes but 21 resi units when it’s use is for B1 leisure and in green belt. To get Green belt over turned it has to be for special circumstances. Well seems like that was already a done deal along time ago!

By Why

What about the rats next door at the farm??

By Al

@NovoTeam could you point out where you have taken on board the public’s constructive feedback? or did you just say we hear you, have a beer, but actually we are not changing the scheme from what we have decided to do (prior to any consultation)

By Doubly Synickel

For the Synicks…I believe this story is reporting what they have presented at public consultation rather than that an actual application has been submitted so we may see some changes that reflect feedback from the consultation events…or they may just tick the ‘PC DONE’ box and submit what they had always planned to submit in the first place….time will tell, eh? (OAO MAJOR SYNICK)


‘Why’ – you need to get a life. nice scheme on an unused piece of PDL. get it built.

By Why

21 houses in the green belt is a tad optimistic, even with a floorspace trade off. I’m guessing these are tiny 1 bed houses and flats then??

By David T

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