Developer to unveil plans for new Handforth Dean shopping park

Members of the public are being invited to find out about and comment on plans for a new shopping park at Handforth Dean which has the potential to create 1,200 jobs in the retail and restaurant sectors.

Alderley Edge-based retail property developer Consolidated Property Group (CPG) has entered into an agreement with Cheshire East Council to purchase a 15-acre site next to the Handforth Dean retail park which it plans to develop into a retail-led mixed-use scheme.

Construction of the first phase is due to begin in December. This will see the opening of a large-scale Next fashion and homeware store, with the creation of 220 jobs - for which planning permission was granted in 2013.

If approved, the further phases will offer shops, 'drive-thrus' and restaurants, plus car parking, a hotel and a gym.

Martin Ridgway, Group Managing Director at Consolidated Property Group, comments: "It is really important that local people and the politicians who represent them get to help shape any proposals that do come forward.

"In a rapidly changing retail environment it is our priority to deliver a modern high- quality destination which provides the maximum number of jobs, as well as the opportunities and choice that the people of Handforth and the wider area expect.

"Handforth Dean shopping park will provide a compelling case for local people to shop within the area and reduce the need to travel further afield in order to access premium retail brands."

Local people will be able to find out more about these further phases and comment on them at a public exhibition which will be held on from 3pm to 6pm on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th December. The exhibition will take place at Best Western Plus Pinewood on Wilmslow, 180 Wilmslow Road, Handforth, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 3LF.

CGIs of the proposed entrance to Handforth Dean shopping park and new Next store.

Consolidated Property Group, Handforth Dean, Next