New plans for redevelopment of the County Hotel

New plans have been submitted for the redevelopment of the County Hotel and the land at Harden Park which lies within within the North Cheshire Green Belt.

Permission was granted in October 2013 for the demolition of the existing hotel building and redevelopment of the site to provide a residential block of 14 dwellings. Although work commenced on the scheme the developer decided not to complete the project.

The current proposals from Harden Park Garden Limited are for the demolition of the existing hotel building and erection of three residential blocks, consisting of 32 apartments together with parking, landscaping and associated works.

The County Hotel has remained vacant since its closure in November 2009, and has subsequently fallen into a severe state of disrepair and has been subject to a number of incidences of vandalism and theft in recent years.

The proposal includes parking and landscaping which will involve replacing extensive areas of hardstanding with soft landscaping and additional tree planting to act as a natural boundary between the development site and wider area.

The Planning Proposal states "Development within the confines of the site will therefore be screened from wider views, ensuring the proposals have no impact on the openness of the wider Green Belt."

It continues "Overall, the design and layout principles applied ensure the proposed development will not conflict with the five main purposes of maintaining land in the Green Belt and will not result in a materially greater impact on Green Belt openness.

"The replacement of the former County Hotel with a building of a traditional design which reflects the architectural features of the original building would also be of positive benefit to the site and Green Belt."

County Hotel, Planning Applications


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

Ryan Dance
Wednesday 8th November 2017 at 10:54 am
might cause some additional traffic on the bypass....shock horror.
Julian Barlow
Wednesday 8th November 2017 at 3:49 pm
An outbreak of common sense. It's looks bloody awful at the moment, at last a development that might actually enhance the area.
Clive Cooksey
Wednesday 8th November 2017 at 4:19 pm
I thought of putting it on the Japanese tourists trail of ancient ruins! Its a lovely sight for a first time visitor to Wilmslow by road!!It makes the town look like debtors retreat
Rick Andrews
Wednesday 8th November 2017 at 4:31 pm
So, originally 14 dwellings, now want 32 apartments. if the original plan had sufficient space for parking, then surely there is now not enough? Would be looking at around 50 residents spaces plus visitors. More cars to clog up the roads - more money for developers. Welcome to Wilmslow in Cheshire East, gridlocked roads and an incredible CEC council - incredible as in unbelievable.
Pete Taylor
Thursday 9th November 2017 at 6:30 am
This proposal looks far more attractive than the development going ahead across the road. The buildings look modern, yet in keeping with the area. From the illustrations it looks like all parking will be underground.