Development of six apartments planned for village centre

Plans have been submitted to Cheshire East Council for a new residential development on the corner of George Street and London Road.

The proposal from Cornerhouse Properties is for alterations and extensions to 1 George Street and 54 London Road to provide six apartments and six car parking spaces. The scheme includes the change of use of ground and first floor offices to residential and the retention of the ground floor shop unit and cellar.

Tony Clowes of Cornerhouse Properties said "The new development at The Cornerhouse is in response to the demand for apartments from both young professionals and local, elderly 'downsizes' - who want the convenience of living in the centre of the village and its obvious facilities.

"Being able to walk to the station, dine and shop on the doorstep is very desirable."

Plans include demolishing a section of 1 George Street, erecting a new building and extending and converting the adjacent property at 54 London Road to create 6 two bedroom apartments. The proposal includes raising the height of the corner building with the retained building having a new second floor.

The development is set out across two blocks with a central lift and stairs. Block One is the retained corner building with its additional floor and block two is the new build element. 

Access to the apartments is off George Street, via the ground floor of Block Two and the rest of the ground floor is occupied by undercroft parking. 

As a result of the proposed development a right of way to the neighbouring Hubert Worthington House would need to be closed, therefore a new site entrance to Hubert Worthington House would be created off George Street.

Tony added "The project will breathe new life into the Victorian shop property, which will be extensively refurbished and extended, with the rear new building reflecting the original character."

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 16/0505M. The last date for submitting comments is 9th March and a decision is expected by 30th March.

George Street, London Road, Planning Applications


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Terry Bowes
Tuesday 9th February 2016 at 4:13 pm
6 car parking spaces are not enough for 6 new apartments!!
How about 3 apartments and 6 car parking spaces.
DELETED ACCOUNT False Name (Louise Gray)
Wednesday 10th February 2016 at 6:31 pm
Well said Terry. They will most probably have 2 cars and the ‘undercroft’ will not provide for the visitors, oh and not forgetting all the contractors.......
Elaine Napier
Friday 12th February 2016 at 9:59 am
Undercroft parking at nearby Wolverton House provides spaces suitable for small to medium vehicles. Those with larger/SUV vehicles don't like to use the spaces as they are too small for their vehicles. As a result, they park on the street. Some park on Arderne Place causing problems for access by residents and service vehicles. The fire exit to Wolverton House is often blocked by parked vehicles, which is a clear safety issue. All the properties on Arderne Place have two parking spaces, and similar provision would seem more appropriate for the Cornerhouse development. Given the massive problems of parking within the village, it is my opinion that planning approval for any such developments should recognise the issues and insist on adequate and appropriate parking provision.