Open letter from businesses

Letter sent 3/6

We will send a supplement with any more names that come in before the 12 June decision meeting.

Do you own or represent a business operating in Macclesfield?

Please put your name to the open letter for circulation to all Cheshire East Councillors, planners and relevant officers, David Rutley MP, the Macclesfield Express, and any other appropriate media.

Use the comments box below or Email us here to give us your name and business name so we can add your details to the letter.

Please also ask any business contacts you have to do the same.

Text of letter

As owners and representatives of businesses operating in Macclesfield, we are writing to express our grave concerns about the Wilson Bowden scheme for the redevelopment of the town centre.

Whilst we support the concept of development, we do not believe that a retail-based scheme of this size and scale is in the economic, social or environmental best interests of our town.

Our reasons are as follows:


1.  The evidence shows people are increasingly choosing to shop online or in large out of town retail malls. The Local Data Company report that multiple retailers closed an average of 20 stores a day across the UK’s town centres during 2012. There is a real danger take-up for the new stores would be very low, and we would be left with a white elephant development blighting our town centre for the foreseeable future.

2.  The scheme threatens the livelihood of existing retailers by moving the focus away from the current shopping streets. Closing the surface car parks and replacing them with a multi-storey convenient only for the new stores would make it more difficult for people to get to the existing local businesses and to access valuable amenities such as Cinemac/the Heritage Centre. If visitors to the town cannot park near where they want to shop, they will go to out-of-town stores where car parking is both convenient and free

3.   Lacking any architectural merit, the proposed buildings would dominate the skyline, block open views, and overshadow two conservation areas and some of our most historic buildings.

4.  To thrive into the future, town centres will need to provide an experience people cannot get elsewhere. Macclesfield is already well-placed to do just that. It is Cheshire’s gateway to the peak district, with cobbled streets, stunning hill views, and a fascinating industrial heritage. It has the second highest number of listed buildings in Cheshire, and, in the North West, comes second only to Chester in its number of conservation areas. Unlike many towns, it also still has a good number of independent traders in the town centre, and has seen a number of new businesses open in the last few years. Going forward with these plans would mean putting this unique identity and fragile recovery at risk on the premise that people will flock to Macclesfield simply to shop in stores easily found elsewhere.

We ask you therefore to reject these plans on the basis that they would do irrevocable economic, social, and environmental harm to our town centre. We ask you instead to support a sustainable approach that focuses on reviving the core area of the town and avoids disturbing current assets. This planning application address yesterday’s issues: we need a new approach relevant to today’s realities.

To add your name as a signatory, please add your name and business name to the comments box below or Email us here


Jane Munro & Debbie Quinn, Treacle Market

Steven Metcalfe, Cinemac

Nick Lewis

-Estates & Leisure Holdings Limited

-Forgebroad Limited

-Silk Developments Ltd

-Cotton Estates Limited

-GTL Ltd

-Victoria Investments Limited

-Lewis Properties

-Chester Estates Limited

-Retroplex Limited

Robin Atkins, Cheshire Independent

Heather Tebay, Local People Magazine Macclesfield

David Richardson and Christopher Jackson, Jack Sevens Art Yard.

Mark Goulding, Recycled

P Shatwell, Deja Vu

Pam and Dave Slater, Blush Lingerie

Jason Pass, Lux Interiors

Hair by Lindsay

David Casson, The Cook Shop.

Terry Butler, Sevens

David Johnson, John Douglas Menswear

Roger Bancroft, En Suite, Chestergate

Mimi Siddiq, Rocco Shoes,

M. Barshy, Home Furniture

Roger Bancroft, En Suite

Donna Spivey and Barbara Spivey, Spiey’s Web

Helen Griffith and Matthew Ashton, Lovatts Newsagents

Alan Reddy, C & R Fruit Shop

Mike Royle, Royles Butcher

Paul Meakin, News Retreat

Chris Cooper, Royles Deli

Yvette Knowles, Cheshire Cat Deli

Hamed Amini, Market Tailor

Aner Qureshi, Riz Electric

Phil Slack, Market Hardware

Wendy Ceesay, Market Haberdashery

Angela Alsop,

-Angie’s Den


Amanda Bennett, McGoughs

Paul Maddelt, The Quilting Box

Karl Confoy, Market Barbers

Asma Syed, Attractions

Chris Rose, Vac-care

C.A. Mckay, I do I do I do

Jude Alsop, Angie’s Delight

M. Riley. Pet Corner

Alan Jones. The Book Exchange

Flavia Sidy, R & M Handbags

Lindsay Brown, Expression Hosiery

Hannah Peebles, Michaels

Kate Birchenough, Cosmetic Boutique

Sam Baker, Olympus Trophies and Gifts

Amanda Davis, Cubby Hole Crafts

Tony Wood, Cheshire Fish

Sophie Massey and Leanne Eardley, Roe 11 Hairdressers

Nursin Turedi, Tom Dick and Harriets

Adam Cash, Secondtek Ltd (T/A All Your Appliances)

The partners, Creature Comforts and Creature Comforts Too

Granville Sellars, Brassingtons Bakery Ltd

Bronwen Riley, The Treacle Tap

D. R. Jowle, Gordons Ltd

Heather Bamber, No Place Like Home

David Dooley, Dooleys

Debbie Quinn, My Bigger Picture

Antonia Topping, Cherry Blossom Bakery

Charlotte Lock, DMJ Vintage

Chris Lynch, Tempranillo Bar

David Barton, Mr Sweets Confectionery

Dave Linder, flower stall

Philip M Kirwin, Philips the Jewellers

Erhat Kose, Fiesta Takeaway

Adam Grimshaw, The Rustic Coffee Co

M Gillibrand, S & M Supplies

Douglas Torr, Hadfields

Donald Massey, Donald Massey Jewellers, Market Place

Bronywn Riley, The Treacle Tap

James Stapleton, Norbury Antiques

Rob and Anna Carey, The Corner Plot

Nigel Wilcox, Wilcox Butchers

Sue Ewer, Carpet Trade Supplies (Macc) Ltd

Claire Kerkham, Inca

Helen and Roy Higgins, Moorhayes House Hotel

Sarah Clarke, Armchair Opticians

Robert Wilson, Rosedale Yarns

Barbara Evans, Barbara Evans Consulting

Richard Cotton, RHMC Consulting Ltd

David Jones, Travel Counsellors

Steve Bloor, The HR Department

Stephen Benson, Benson Clock Repairs

Beverley Moore, Writing Point Ltd

Owen Stevens, Brand Orienteering

Oliver Romain, AEP Media ltd

Chris Brown, Cyan Cat

Steve Bindley, Media 1 Productions Ltd

Lee Barlow, Splash Design Studio Ltd

Chris Garrett, Abstraktion

Jeff Coghlan, Matmi

Peter Scott, Blue Beck Ltd

Alex Openheim, ADO Media Ltd

Geoff Gittins, Scoops On Line Ltd

Jane Osmond, Artist and Printmaker

Hayley Merron, Silk House Psychotherapy Practice

Raessa Lea, The Pate and Wine Company

Eric Rogers, Leaforth Limited and R. & R. Developments

Barrie Jones, Barrie Jones Architects

David Armstrong, David Armstrong Architects

Richard Gibson, Architect

Lesley Mattin, Millenium 3 Design Studio Ltd

Chris Jackson, Cheshire Building Projects Ltd

Peter Rathbone, PRP Services Ltd

Johanna Kilburn, Be Beautiful

Francesca Dykes, Classical Beauty Therapy

Keith Poulton, K. N. Motor Repairs

Alek Adamski, Per Ardua Consulting ltd

Susan Wilson, Susan Wilson Bookkeeping

Judi Goodwin, Judi Goodwin Training

Stephanie Clemence, Clementine Garden Design

Graham Bridge, Screen Mend

Nigel Lea, Towing Solutions Ltd

Judith and Andrew Ritchie, Tyrz

A & P Bailey, owners of 9 Samuel St and 14 Park Green

Saffron Taylor, Freddy and Violet

Geoff Cittins, Scoops Online Limited

David A Smith Accounting

Richard Buckley, Experience Zimbabwe

Graham Bridge, Screen Mend

John McKellar, Resources for Decisions Ltd

Sandra Marston Counselling and Coaching

Karl Grey, Ascent Lift Consultancy

Peter Rathbone, PRP Services Ltd

Karin Sheldon, Jeweller and Silversmith

Pauline Jones, Jones Associates Letting and Management

Carole McKellar, Resources for Business Ltd

Roger Puddephat, TM and P Consultancy

Rachel Oliver, Rachel’s Driving School

Rev David Wightman, St Michaels Church

Patrick Hannity, Lime Tree Restaurant

Jonathan Richards, Gawsworth Hall


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