Royal London presses ahead with Cheshire office plans

Royal London, the mutual life, pensions and investment company, has submitted a planning application for the development of new offices at its Wilmslow campus, but said it is still investigating options for relocation.

An open exhibition will be held next week to display the proposals for what Royal London described as “the development of a new high-quality headquarters office building”.   The plans were recently submitted to Cheshire East Council as part of an outline planning application but are yet to validated.

The application, submitted jointly by development partner Property Alliance Group and Royal London, seeks approval to build an office building with associated car parking; access improvements for vehicles; creation of new pedestrian and cycle links; and improvement to existing and provision of new landscaping.

The company owns a site to the east of its Alderley Road campus which it has earmarked for office expansion, however the use of the plot for commercial purposes is yet to be confirmed due to the ongoing examination into Cheshire East’s local plan.

In January, Royal London announced that it had appointed Lambert Smith Hampton to advise on alternative location options, if Cheshire East Council was unable to remove planning restrictions limiting expansion at the site.

A statement at the time from the company said: “Following a period of rapid growth and with plans for future expansion, Royal London is looking at location options for the business.”

The exhibition will be held at Wilmslow Public Library on Thursday 19 May between 12pm and 6.30pm when members of the professional team acting for PAG and Royal London will be on hand to answer questions and explain the proposals in more detail.

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