Revised plans have been submitted for a new retail development adjacent to the existing Handforth Dean retail park.
Orbit Developments are now proposing to demolish the existing warehouses on their site at the junction of Earl Road and Epsom Avenue in Handforth and replace them with a parade of six units and a standalone single storey unit. Five of these are to be used for Class A1 (Non-food retail) purposes and two units are to be used for Use Class A1 (Non-food retail or sandwich shop) and/or Class A3 and A5. The adjacent offices are to be retained.
The scheme also includes the creation of a car park with 183 spaces and new access from Earl Road, together with landscaping and associated works.
Orbit's site currently contains two large warehouses and a smaller office building, built in the 1970s, and scrubland. It is bounded to the west by the John Lewis distribution centre and to the east is the vacant site which Consolidated Property Group have submitted plans for Phase Two and Three of a retail and leisure development comprising of retail units, cafes and restaurants, a gym and a hotel. Phase One of this development is now complete with a Next fashion and homeware store having opened last month.
Much of the proposed site already has planning consent for an office development but Orbit says this has not come to fruition due to a lack of demand.
The latest application is a resubmission of planning application 15/0400M which was refused by Cheshire East Council's Strategic Planning Board in February 2016 on the grounds that the loss of employment land is considered to significantly outweigh the benefits of the proposal.
Orbit Developments have also appealed against the refusal of the previous scheme (reference 15/0400M) for five retail units and two restaurants, cafes or takeaways along with 240 car parking spaces - claiming that the scheme is an acceptable form of land use in a sustainable location which will deliver significant benefit to the local economy and local employment prospects.
The planning application can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 16/5678M. The deadline for submitting comments is 5th January and a decision is expected to be made by 17th February.
The application is scheduled to be considered by the Strategic Planning Committee at their meeting on 22nd January 2017.
Images: Revised scheme and the previous scheme which was refused in February 2016.