New plans have been submitted for the redevelopment of the County Hotel and the land at Harden Park which lies within within the North Cheshire Green Belt.
Permission was granted in October 2013 for the demolition of the existing hotel building and redevelopment of the site to provide a residential block of 14 dwellings. Although work commenced on the scheme the developer decided not to complete the project.
The current proposals from Harden Park Garden Limited are for the demolition of the existing hotel building and erection of three residential blocks, consisting of 32 apartments together with parking, landscaping and associated works.
The County Hotel has remained vacant since its closure in November 2009, and has subsequently fallen into a severe state of disrepair and has been subject to a number of incidences of vandalism and theft in recent years.
The proposal includes parking and landscaping which will involve replacing extensive areas of hardstanding with soft landscaping and additional tree planting to act as a natural boundary between the development site and wider area.
The Planning Proposal states "Development within the confines of the site will therefore be screened from wider views, ensuring the proposals have no impact on the openness of the wider Green Belt."
It continues "Overall, the design and layout principles applied ensure the proposed development will not conflict with the five main purposes of maintaining land in the Green Belt and will not result in a materially greater impact on Green Belt openness.
"The replacement of the former County Hotel with a building of a traditional design which reflects the architectural features of the original building would also be of positive benefit to the site and Green Belt."