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.
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.