Revised plans submitted for controversial car wash


Revised plans have been submitted to create a car wash business on the site of a former petrol station which has now been cleared.

Shines are re-applying to change the use of the Kings Arms Service Station site, located off Alderley Road, to create a hand car wash and valeting service. The scheme includes building a manager's office, staff room, customer waiting room and storage room on the site.

The application (reference 16/5610M) is a resubmission of 16/3309M which was withdrawn prior to determination on 20th September 2016 due to concerns raised by the council and local residents relating to matters including highway safety and lack of information regarding noise impact and land contamination.

In an attempt to address the concerns which were previously raised, a number of changes have been made to the initial scheme including the removal of the office building from the front of the site.

Additionally, the proposed canopy, which is described as being similar in appearance to those typically seen at a petrol station and which previously existed on the site, has been reduced in length by 2 metres from 22 metres to 20 metres and its height has been reduced by 0.5 metres.

Another change is the introduction of a clear plastic screen, 2.3 metres high and 14 metres long, along the Alderley Road boundary to the rear of the existing wall, to prevent over spray onto the adjacent footpath and road. This is described as also acting as an acoustic screen to properties on the opposite side of Alderley Road.

Following concerns raised by the council, the height of the free-standing sign at the front of the site has been reduced from 7.4 metres to 5.95 metres.

It is proposed that the business will employ 4 full time and 4 part time members of staff and be open from 8am to 7pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 5.30pm on Sundays.

There will be space on site for 3 car parking spaces for staff along with 6 spaces for customers waiting for their cars to be serviced.

Councillor Rod Menlove said "This is most unwelcome news and goes against the express wishes of the local residents and businesses who objected to the July application. This time the applicants have submitted reports from professional organisations in attempts to counter those objections. I am in contact with the residents' group opposing the application and will give all possible assistance."

Wilmslow Town Council's Planning Committee recommend refusal of the previous planning application on the grounds of the likely impact on the highway caused by vehicles queueing to access the facility, they also raised concerns over the adequacy of the drains and treatment of waste water from the car wash.

In addition objections were received from around 70 local residents who felt it was out of keeping with the area and should be located on an industrial estate, would increase congestion on Alderley Road, cause safety issues at the adjacent bus stop, noise pollution from the high pressure machinery and potential flooding.

The revised plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for reference 16/5610M. The last date for submitting comments is 14th December and a decision is expected by 13th January 2017.

Alderley Road, Planning Applications


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

Nick Jones
Tuesday 22nd November 2016 at 7:48 pm
Building on the green belt "went against the express wishes of local residents" as well.. and as demonstrated ... that was also ignored.. Malcolm 'Tuckers Law' applies !
James MacDonald
Thursday 24th November 2016 at 12:03 am
If this sorry venture is approved then everyone should boycott it, see how long it lasts with no trade.
Ryan Dance
Thursday 24th November 2016 at 6:32 am
Seems like a reasonable idea for a ugly unused piece of wasteland. Maybe the detractors have forgot it was a beautifully presented petrol station not so long ago.

We can't possibly have a hand car wash in Wilmslow...oh no far too downmarket. Lets debate the environmental impact ....let's discuss the traffic impact (while the same very people whizz past in their ridiculously oversized SUVs)...ironically enroute to a hand car wash in handforth. Do us a favour...drop the pretend environmental / congestion concerns.

Leave the concrete eye sore vacant. Or perhaps the detractors could open a green grocers on the spot?
Fiona Doorbar
Thursday 24th November 2016 at 7:09 am
I think this is a sensible and good idea and I hope plans get passed. If they don't then it will sit as a piece of ugly concrete until all the other surrounding sites become available then perhaps that's where Aldi will build! It happened in Poynton and Offerton so it's a possibility
John Jennings
Thursday 24th November 2016 at 7:34 am
I agree that a car wash facility is a sensible option.The sight is an eyesore at present
Simon Worthington
Thursday 24th November 2016 at 7:49 am
i presume the 8 staff will be out of work locals. Har har. I recall the carwash opposite the King's Head was built on due to the usual greed.
Bob Bracegirdle
Saturday 26th November 2016 at 7:46 am
It used to be more than a petrol station in the 1920s. Coopwoods operated a bus service to Manchester until taken over by North Western. A son of the operator is still alive.
Mark Goldsmith
Sunday 27th November 2016 at 10:17 pm
At the moment this site is an eyesore with the potential to be something far better.

However, if it becomes a car wash it will remain an eyesore and the potential will be lost. Therefore I hope this application is again rejected.
Oliver Romain
Monday 28th November 2016 at 7:52 am
Good luck to the applicant. It is a sensible use of the land. Its either going to be a car wash, petrol station or convenience store. Car wash could work well and a purpose built one is preferable to the ramshackle ones you sometimes see. Maybe readers can have a discount. Then well see if the silly idea of a boycott works.
Pete Taylor
Monday 28th November 2016 at 1:34 pm
@ Oliver, I suggest that you google images of existing Shiny Hand car-wash establishments. Then you will see why CEC received over 70 formal objections.
Graham Peters
Monday 13th February 2017 at 11:29 am
Any updates regarding this?
Seems to have gone all quiet and no new information on the CEC planning portal and way past the Decision Target Date of the 13th Jan