Decision due on controversial apartment scheme


Plans to demolish a vacant dental surgery and house on Alderley Road and replace them with a three storey building containing 21 apartments, along with a six bed detached house, will be considered by the Northern Planning Committee next week.

Whilst the proposal is considered to be acceptable in terms of its impact upon highway safety and residential amenity, the Planning Officer is recommending it for refusal because of its design and size, in particular the height and proximity to the road which the officer considers will have an unacceptable impact on the street scene.

In a report prepared for the Northern Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday, 8th February, it says the proposed building will over-dominate the surrounding site and not make a positive contribution to the local character and distinctiveness of the area.

Wilmslow Town Council's Planning Committee recommend refusal of the apartment block on the grounds of the design being out-of-character with the surrounding buildings and the proposed building line being well forward of the existing building line.

Twenty-one objections have received. The concerns raised include over-development of site; being out of scale with the surroundings and projecting beyond the building line; inadequate car parking; loss of privacy for dwellings in Greenway from the proposed 3 storey dwelling and increased traffic using a busy road.

The planning application can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for reference 16/3285M.

Alderley Road, Planning Applications


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

Thursday 2nd February 2017 at 1:32 pm
For once I agree with every word in the information put forward by the planning department, particularly that, "The current buildings on the site are attractive and are shown on the first OS map. These buildings are considered to be non-designated heritage assets, the loss of these buildings is not taking the opportunity to retain local distinctiveness within the area, ........ The loss of the building should be assessed against para 135, for non-designated heritage assets."
Graham Peters
Thursday 2nd February 2017 at 7:19 pm
"Over dominate the site !" ......take a look across the road at that overgrown monstrosity that is Chapelwood. How the .'$€%#' did that get passed, and now they're worried about yet more development? Get a grip CEC
Simon Worthington
Sunday 5th February 2017 at 3:35 pm
Chapelwood was passed because the council (us) owned the land and cash was needed for pie in the sky fantasy business plans. And, as it is for retirement apartments the pesky subject of no school places didn't arise. It surely must be entered for 2017 eyesore of the year - possibly worldwide. I do hope the residents won't mind when a suitably p*** taking name for it is thought up. Ideas anyone!!!! It makes Colditz look pretty. The gulag has a ring to it.
Sunday 5th February 2017 at 4:00 pm
Simon - according to the website,

"The red brick pavilions of Chapelwood have been designed by award-winning architects Glenn Howells, in the style of the local Victorian mansions".