Part of Cheadle Royal Hospital to become homes
Developer AM7 Group has submitted plans to Stockport Council to demolish a former nurses’ accommodation block to make way for a 27-home neighbourhood known as the Royal Quarter.
The nurses’ block, which has sat derelict for more than 25 years, is located on brownfield land close to the grade two-listed Cheadle Royal Hospital and within the eponymous conservation area.
It was built in 1937 and served the hospital until the mid-1980s.
AM7’s redevelopment proposals feature the creation of 27 three-, four- and five-bedroom homes on the three-acre site. In addition, a new access route will be created to Royal Quarter from the nearby St Anne’s Hospice.
It is hoped the redevelopment of the site will bring to an end anti-social behaviour on the plot, according to the developer.
The scheme has a gross development value of £11.8m according to a viability appraisal by Roger Hannah.
Anique Chohan, director of AM7 Group, commented: “We have worked diligently to produce a scheme that is not only sensitive to its former state but is in line with what the local residents and councillors hope to see.
“Cheadle is home to a thriving and vibrant community, and we hope this development will fulfil the rising demand of the housing shortage Stockport Council is faced with.”
Pozzoni Architecture has designed the scheme and NJL Consulting is the planning consultant.
“While the former nurses’ home structure must be demolished to make the site safe, we’ve taken care to incorporate many of its unique features into the design of the new homes,” said Jamie Wood, director at Pozzoni.
“We’ve also listened carefully to the feedback we’ve received during the pre-application stages. As a result, we’ve introduced several features that will enhance the site design including shared open space and play areas at the heart of the proposal, a wildlife corridor, and a landscaping strategy to include enhanced tree planting.”
Rachel White, senior consultant at NJL Consulting, added: “We feel strongly that the scheme will deliver much-needed development in Stockport and will utilise a brownfield site that has been in need of regeneration for many years.
“The consultant team has worked hard to respond to the site constraints and create a scheme that genuinely responds to the locality, presents high-quality design and responds positively to the surrounding heritage assets.”