Lambert House, Empire Property, p planning docs

Empire bought the site last year for more than £6m. Credit: via planning documents

Stockport to approve Cheadle office to resi conversion 

Empire Property’s plan to convert the AA’s former Lambert House office into 98 apartments is due to get the green light this week. 

Stockport Council has recommended that Empire’s Cheadle scheme be approved by its planning and highways committee, which meets on Thursday. 

A report by Stockport Council’s planning department states that the scheme “would make a substantial and valuable contribution to the council’s housing supply when there are insufficient available and deliverable housing sites in Stockport to meet and maintain a five-year housing land supply position”. 

Built in the late 1980s, Lambert House comprises two blocks. Block A is to be converted into 68 flats, while block B is earmarked for another 30. 

The properties would be a mix of one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments. No affordable homes are proposed. The development would also feature a gym and co-working space. 

DLP Planning is advising Empire on the scheme. 

To learn more about the project, search for application reference DC/087432 on Stockport Council’s planning portal. 

Empire Property Concepts submitted plans for the conversion of Lambert House in December 2022.  

Since then, the company, headed up by Paul Rothwell, has changed its name to MCIOD Ltd and appointed administrators. The company collapsed with liabilities of £10m. 

Lambert House is held by a separate Empire SPV set up in March 2022 called Featherfoot Lambert House. The vehicle acquired the building and adjoining surface car park for £6.275m in October 2022, according to Land Registry. 

A viability appraisal submitted with the application states that the site’s benchmark land value is £2m, the scheme would cost £17.4m to build, and has a GDV of £18.9m. 

The AA vacated the 60,000 sq ft Lambert House last year, relocating to Orbit’s Park Square, and appointed Avison Young to find a buyer. 

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No affordable homes ?
Why are you building unaffordable homes ?

By Teresa Ebbs

    Hi Teresa! When we talk about affordable homes on Place North West, we are generally referring to homes that are significantly below the market rate. It’s a specific designation that includes subsidised housing.

    By Julia Hatmaker

Why do you always stick a gym in everything.

By Anonymous

It’s a disgrace to build all those apartments and not at least provide a token gesture of some affordable homes. It should be compulsory with large planning applications.

By Anonymous

Cannot believe no affordable homes are included…very unfair.

By Anonymous

Stockport needs affordable housing not this.

By Anonymous

All those asking ‘why no affordable homes’ – Stockport’s policy requires them to provide 30% affordable in areas like Cheadle but national planning policy says they have to have regard to development viability, which makes sense – if by requiring affordable housing you make the whole thing unviable you’re going to end up with no homes at all, let alone any affordable ones.

By and by

Already can’t get out onto the main Stockport road with traffic

By Carole pender

What a brainless idea. Either build maisonettes or houses. You don’t need a gym. You could also think of a ‘Rest Home’ for the Aging Population. Think outside the ‘Box’ not waiting for the next invoice to return.

By Evie

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