Have your say on plans for retirement apartments on land occupied by Wilmslow Police Station

McCarthy Stone has recently acquired an interest in land currently occupied by Wilmslow Police Station and are in the early stages of working up proposals for the site's redevelopment.

Cheshire Constabulary are seeking to construct a replacement police facility at the site which will make a portion of the land available for additional development.

McCarthy Stone are proposing to 55 retirement apartments along with communal facilities including a residents' lounge, guest suite, internal refuse store, and mobility scooter storage with charging points.

The scheme includes landscaped gardens to the west of the site and around 43 car parking spaces for homeowners, staff and visitors to the south of the site. Further to the south of the site will be the new police facility.

Following a public consultation plans to redevelop Wilmslow Police Station - to create a new, fit for purpose zero carbon station at the site with a view to become fully operational in around Summer 2023 - were approved in November 2021.

Cheshire Constabulary said that the new station will not only help save tens of thousands of pounds in both utilities and maintenance costs but will also allow them to sell the remainder of the unused land and reinvest any money back into local policing to help make Cheshire a safer place to work and visit.

For further information about the proposals and to complete the online consultation form visit https://mccarthystoneconsultation.co.uk/wilmslow.

Images - CGI showing the view from site entrance off Beech Lane and CGI showing the view from Little Lindow.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Graham Hallworth
Wednesday 7th December 2022 at 9:12 am
As a former McCarthy & Stone employee (over 30 years ago), I am of the opinion that this is an excellent use for the site, however, it is very sad to see the police station going.
Our older generation will enjoy the views over the park and watching children playing there. It is also idea having a flat easy walk to the centre of Wilmslow and the shops.
My only criticism is the architecture. It looks more like an office building from the drawing presented, but aesthetics are a personal thing.
Over all B+
Stuart Redgard
Saturday 10th December 2022 at 9:39 pm
I am one of the circa 30 volunteers who developed the Wilmslow Neighbourhood plan. I was part of the Town Core Group that identified this plot of land as a "Key Site" for development. We wrote a specific policy KS2. which outlined how we hoped this site would be developed if the site came up for redevelopment.

I am disgusted that "the developer" has completely ignored this document and the specific requirement set out for this site which was:

"Provision of a high-density residential development comprising a mix of starter homes, affordable housing and homes appropriate for those wishing to downsize".

I will do everything possible to prevent this proposal from gaining planning permission.

I have let them know of my opinion by completing the consultation feedback.

The "prospectus" put together for the sale of the land. specifically showed the new police station being accessed directly from Hawthorn Street. This proposal does not show that. A public facility such as a police station should never be only accessible through private residential development.
Terry Roeves
Tuesday 13th December 2022 at 3:17 pm
Wilmslow has its Local Plan. It’s approved by CEC, so why do Mc&S think that they can ignore it? Stupid or arrogant? Disgusted that they think they can get away with this. Why on earth would CEC Planners and Cllrs ignore our LP?
Mark Eden
Tuesday 20th December 2022 at 7:38 pm
I despair of this useless government. We need law and order not more OAP homes. No bobbies on the beat and a sense now of just not being safe on the streets. They should lock up the politicians and civil servants for this as they loathe and detest us hard working tax payers who want and demand police presence. Come the revolution......as it will.
Jon Williams
Saturday 24th December 2022 at 8:16 am
Mark, why do we not need anymore OAP homes as you call them - they are called Care Homes now by the way.