PLANNING | Middlewich mixed-use scheme heads agenda

Cheshire East Council is set to approve a project led by 137 homes on a previously refused site that now forms part of its Middlewich masterplan area.

The local authority’s strategic planning board meets tomorrow faced with an agenda that also includes industrial space plans from Commercial Development Projects and AEW UK Core Property Fund.

Outline plans for Middlewich’s Intertechnic UK site have been put forward by Peter Nunn, represented by Chave Planning. The proposal includes an 18-berth marina on the Trent and Mersey Canal, 96 homes for market sale, 27 homes classed as affordable and 14 as intermediate – at present, there is no detail on house sizes, although the scheme is proposed at mostly three storeys.

The plan also includes 10,000 sq ft of office space, replacing an old light industrial unit of 13,000 sq ft fronting the Beta Road.

Previous plans for the site had been refused on the reasoning that they represented piecemeal development. However, under the framework Cheshire East is looking to adopt for the Brooks Lane area, the plans now have a greater development context, and are recommended for approval.

Cheshire East’s committee is also recommended to delegate for approval a reserved matters application from CDP on a 207,000 sq ft industrial scheme at Radway Green North, Alsager – a scheme that was initially refused, before the council lost at appeal, with conditions attached over the development’s appearance – issues that are addressed in the application, with documents outlining features including a green wall.

AEW UK Core Property Fund has proposed an extension and modernisation of an industrial holding at logistics hotspot Weston Road in Crewe.

Advised by Avison Young, it wishes to retain 56,662 sq ft at the rear of the site and carry out demolition work before replacing the site’s front end with new build space, resulting in a smaller building than at present: a total of 276,000 sq ft of warehousing along with 16,000 sq ft of office space. This scheme is also recommended for approval.

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