Plans for office extension and multi-storey car park in town centre

Plans have been submitted for the extension of existing offices along with the creation of a multi-deck car park in Wilmslow town centre.

The proposal is to develop new offices with parking adjacent to Aus-Bore House on Manchester Road.

The site is currently used as an open, level car park providing 16 spaces for Aus-Bore House and the proposal is to remove this existing car park and replace it with a 3 to 4 storey office building fronting Manchester Road which is connected to the existing listed building to the south*.

To the rear, a new 3 storey car park is proposed to serve the existing and proposed offices, containing 35 car parking spaces and 4 cycle spaces.

The original design was reduced in scale following pre-planning input from the Principal Planning Officer and Conservation Officer.

The plans can be viewed on Cheshire East Council's website by searching for planning reference 17/5734M . The last date for submitting comments is 21st December and a decision is expected by 19th February 2018.

Images - The existing site and artist's impression of the proposed development and existing site.

* A second application (reference 17/5733M) has been submitted for an extension to existing listed building at 19 to 25 Manchester Road (Aus-Bore House) involving internal alterations and connections with the new proposed building on the adjacent car park.

Manchester Road, Planning Applications


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

Rick Andrews
Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 2:13 pm
Surely easier and less environment impact to re-locate to one of the many empty offices in the centre.
Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 2:56 pm
I really think that some of these architects need to go to Specsavers.
Jon Kelly
Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 5:31 pm
The formers fustian cutting mill is an important part of Wilmslow's historic heritage . It is important any new building is high quality with good visual impact in keeping with the fustian mill. We will see.
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 9:15 pm
Not sure that the proposed 1970's tribute-act complies with CEC's own Design Guide but, hey, when did that ever matter when money is involved?
Thursday 30th November 2017 at 8:52 am
Pete - "a revised edition" will probably appear.
Sheila Grindrod
Thursday 30th November 2017 at 11:11 am
Will this have an impact on the Waitrose car park ramp as there is already an entrance/exit into this ramp already?
Simon Worthington
Thursday 30th November 2017 at 11:46 am
Why?? Plenty of office space and parking will be available when Royal London scarper with their pockets stuffed with gold.
Ryan Dance
Friday 1st December 2017 at 8:42 pm
Not exactly surrounded by green fields is it? Perhaps the business doesn’t want to relocate.

It’s a busy main route into Wilmslow with businesses and on either side.

Why the anti anything development mob oppose this is beyond me.
Pete Taylor
Saturday 2nd December 2017 at 6:30 pm
Thanks, once again, for you constructive input.

There are quite a few old photographs showing how this "missing building" looked- as one might expect, it was pretty much like those to either side. Is it not beyond the wit of the owners Aus-Bore (seemingly a collection of several building-related companies) or their Architect, to produce a modern facade which would fit in seamlessly with the adjoining heritage buildings, enhance the approach to the town centre; yet allowing them to achieve their understandable goals.

Here is a rare chance for a local construction group to put a facade in place to restore a missing piece of "old Wilmslow".
Ryan Dance
Sunday 3rd December 2017 at 11:45 am
No problem pete.

My comments are about as constructive as the usual comments from the usual suspects...... not very.....!

The is a main route into Wilmslow surronded by businesses and housing stock. A range of buildings / architecture built up over many years!

The anti development mob.....pontificate... posture.....bluster in the face of all change. It’s embarrassing, absurd....and a tad annoying. ( I have no doubts the views are reciprocated)
Mark Goldsmith
Sunday 3rd December 2017 at 2:33 pm
@Simon Worthington:

What office space at Royal London?

Highly likely this will end up as all houses now they don't need to pretend they are redeveloping it for their business needs.
Jon Williams
Sunday 3rd December 2017 at 7:42 pm
Loads of office space at the back of Tesco's, Handforth Dean
Monday 4th December 2017 at 8:15 am
Quite right Jon. One of those offices I don't think has ever had an occupant.
Martin Kitchin
Monday 4th December 2017 at 8:28 pm
Hello Ryan Dance,

Aesthetics are always a difficult and subjective issue. It's hard to please all the people all the time.

However, given its immediate neighbours even a vague nod to the general street scene might have been a wise move by the developers ? Surely ?