New plans to convert chapel into 12 apartments with additional parking spaces


Another planning application has been submitted to convert a former Methodist chapel on Wilmslow Road, Handforth into twelve apartments.

The building at 180 -186 Wilmslow Road originally formed part of the Pinewood Hotel site and comprised a grade II listed chapel to the north end that was constructed around 1840. It was later used as a Sunday School and more recently by the Pinewood Hotel as temporary accommodation for staff.

Last year permission was granted to repair and rebuild part of The White House to create seven apartments.

In June 2015 another application (reference 15/1865M) was submitted by Maydean Design, on behalf of Mr A Harrison who is in the process of purchasing the property from the previous applicant, to convert the Grade II listed building into twelve apartments. However, this was withdrawn shortly afterwards because the proposed 14 car parking spaces did not meet the highways standards.

Following the acquisition of adjacent land, this new application includes the provision of 21 car parking spaces.

The proposal is for nine 2-bedroom apartments and three 1-bedroom apartments. These will mainly occupy the existing building with a two storey rear extension providing 61.5m2 of additional floor space. This is a small increase from the 57.7m2 that was approved on the previous application in 2014.

The scheme also includes repairs and rebuilding part of the chapel, replacement windows and doors as well as the removal of some listed trees.

According to design and access statement "The existing building will generally remain unaltered externally, therefore preserving the historic character. The extension that is proposed is sympathetic to the existing building and will have little impact on its character due to its location, size and design."

Plans for The White House can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning application 15/3472M. The last date for submitting comments is September 3rd and the application is expected to be considered by the Northern Planning Committee on September 9th.

Handforth, Planning Applications, Wilmslow Road


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

Wednesday 12th August 2015 at 1:21 pm
I assume that this is a retrospective planning application since it seems to be already built.
Sally Hoare
Wednesday 12th August 2015 at 7:09 pm
Permission to change it into flats. I wonder why Pinewood didn`t use this building for their extra bedrooms.
Ryan Dance
Thursday 13th August 2015 at 10:25 pm
Jackie / Sally - leave it looks perfect just the way it is!

It's a great use of space as an empty building.
Lisa Reeves
Tuesday 29th September 2015 at 7:55 pm
This planning application is scheduled to be considered by the Northern Planning Committee at their meeting on Wednesday, 7th October starting at 10am in The Capesthorne Room at Macclesfield Town Hall.

The officer's report recommends it for approval because "whilst some localised rebuilding will be required, the proposed conversion and extension is considered not to harm the significance of this heritage asset" and "The proposal accords with all relevant Development Plan policies and is deemed to be a sustainable form of development".
Jack Pink
Tuesday 29th September 2015 at 9:41 pm
Never assume. They could just be implementing the scheme they have consent for