On 12th June 2013, Cheshire East Council’s Strategic Planning Board approved the Wilson Bowden application for redevelopment of Macclesfield town centre.
The application was approved by 9 votes to 3.
Read the article: ” Silk Street Redevelopment Scheme Approved – Local Democracy Dies” at the Community OnLine website.
On 30th July 2013, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government rejected our application for him to call in the decision
What happened next?
In March 2015, before any work had started, Debenhams pulled out. A few weeks later, the entire scheme was declared dead in the water.
Since then, a stakeholder panel has been formed bringing together representatives of a wide range of community groups including Wake up Macc. The panel meets monthly and has fed into discussions on what sort of development would be appropriate for the town centre. Cheshire East subsequently advertised two plots of land – Churchill Way car park and Duke Street car park (not including the Senior Citizens’ Hall) – for sale to developers asking for ideas for a leisure-led development. Only one of the plots will be sold.
At the time of writing – November 2015 – 19 proposals have been received and the council are reviewing the options. The decision will be based on which option the council consider offers the best overall benefit to the town centre. Criteria include deliverability, regeneration benefits, fit with planning policy and vision, and price achievable. The stakeholder panel are being asked for their individual comments.