Plans to replace run-down villa with houses

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Plans have been submitted for the demolition a traditional brick villa and erection of three dwellings.

Permission is being sought to demolish Beechfield House on Beechfield Road, which lies within the Alderley Edge Conservation Area, and replace it with three detached houses.

Beechfield House sits within a 0.5 acre plot and was originally constructed pre 1900. Over time it has been extended and adapted.

In the 1970s it was sub-divided to create four apartments, since then, two of the apartments have been combined and two remain.

The application states "Given the various works that have been undertaken over the years, and with part of the building left exposed to the elements for a prolonged period, it is in run with many original features lost, unable to be restored. It would therefore be unreasonable to resist replacement."

The new residential development will consist of three 3-story dwellings, each with five bedrooms and three car parking spaces.

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 19/2893M. The last date for submitting comments is 25th July and a decision is expected by 14th August.

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Sam Cummings
Wednesday 3rd July 2019 at 3:37 pm
*Goodbye history there's no place for you here in the land of new houses*
Alan Brough
Thursday 4th July 2019 at 3:51 pm
If this plan is approved it gives licence to owners / developers to let other substantial properties fall into disrepair specifically so that they can be capitalised on.

How has a fine, historic home such as this (in a much sought after area like Alderley Edge)been allowed to degrade to this extent ?

Oh hang on, I've already answered my own question haven't I?
Alec Finney
Friday 5th July 2019 at 8:10 am
Why are new developments seen as a betrayal of our architectural heritage??.. I see many new houses in and around the village which are good too look at and have all the design benefits for modern family needs; adaptable space - not fixed rooms; car ports rather than badly utilized garages etc....

Good architecture evolves with the changing needs of the family. It must not become stuck in time

Alec Finney
Sam Cummings
Friday 5th July 2019 at 2:30 pm
I believe retaining history, in the form of houses and other buildings, to be important to local heritage. Knocking down these homes is destroying that, which is just very sad.

And honestly, good architecture is what these old houses are - new homes pale in comparison!
Alec Finney
Friday 5th July 2019 at 3:35 pm
I respect your view Sam - but must disagree. The village needs to evolve - culturally, architecturally and in line with the needs of - essentially - the family unit as it is now -not 100 years ago. And history is littered with past disasters - brutalism, new town high rise....are examples.

We need to move on. Let's leave it there.

Regards,

Alec Finney
Tony Haluradivth
Sunday 7th July 2019 at 6:08 pm
It is a sacrifice,yet another of the Alderley Edge Villas left to rack and ruin.There is enough development in this village Alec. Look at Macclesfield Road and Trafford road impassable now . My wife in her 80's was sworn at by one particular "scummy" building worker on Macc' Road when she told him his van (badly parked )was going to cause a collision. This is a racket and greedy developers treat Alderley like "Dodge City". Constant demolition of fine old buildings at least is wasteful and bad for the environment. There will be more pollution as one house becoming several creates more car use. The zero vat for new builds was introduced by our former MP when Chancellor to encourage the building of affordable homes for KEY workers. It is exploited by greedy developers to build luxury Executive Homes, well I am sorry they should pay full VAT. My daughter (a health worker) had to pay full VAT on work and materials to do up her Victorian cottage. This was a fine old house (above)and there is something profoundly rotten and sinister in these plans to demolish it.
Duncan Herald
Saturday 13th July 2019 at 9:57 am
Just a wee thought.
If 'they' had turned Trafford Rd. into a one-way road instead of plastering yellow lines all over the road, would that have prevented 'impassability' ?
If so, why not do that now?
Tony Haluradivth
Saturday 13th July 2019 at 4:15 pm
Duncan these idiots were parked facing the wrong way on double yellows . They are the kind of cowboys who cut through Clifton street (knowing full well it is one way) they think the law does not apply to them. There is no Police presence and they know it. They need large fines ans clamping plus tow away as a deterrent. They would not dare try these shenanigans in the centre of Manchester or London.
Alan R Davies
Wednesday 17th July 2019 at 11:56 am
Interestingly the estate agents' particulars describe the building as follows: "Our clients have carried out a painstaking restoration of the fabric of the building including re-roofing with the appropriate Burlington slate and have combined two of the apartments to create a three storey section with an impressive ashlar façade by Mather & Ellis. A large orangery was created along with a high specification green oak fronted two storey double garage with a self-contained staff or guest apartment above."

It's quite a leap from there to: "Given the various works that have been undertaken over the years, and with part of the building left exposed to the elements for a prolonged period, it is in poor condition with many original features lost, unable to be restored. It would therefore be unreasonable to resist replacement."

Who to believe?

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