New car dealership would create 36 jobs

Plans have been submitted for the erection of a new car dealership with a showroom, workshops, car display areas and car parking on land at Coppice Way in Handforth.

The modern car showroom will be occupied by Halliwell Jones, who have been searching for a new site for several years to replace their existing sites in the Wilmslow and Handforth area which are considered no longer fit for purpose.

The project will see the development of a vacant site, adjacent to Handforth Dean retail park, in order to provide a joint BMW & MINI dealership, including servicing and MOT testing within a purpose-built facility.

Adjacent to Wilmslow's Handforth Dean retail park, the 2.43 hectares site is bounded by Lower Meadow Road to the north and Coppice Way to the east.

The scheme comprises of two buildings, the primary building will house a BMW showroom and a MINI showroom - connected by a shared atrium, a body shop, workshop and an after sales facility. The second subsidiary building will provide a used car sales facility, with its own customer parking and road access.

A large proportion of the site will be set aside for parking, providing a total of 483 space for the external display of cars along with parking for customers, demonstrator vehicles and service parking.

This will enable Halliwell Jones to consolidate their sales, servicing and repair activities, which are currently split across three local sites.

The BMW showroom and servicing facilities will be relocated from the existing showroom and servicing workshop located the corner of Manchester Road and Dean Row Road, whilst the Mini showroom and servicing workshop will be relocated from the existing site at Summerfield Village Centre and the existing bodyshop will be moved from the Brooke Park employment area off Lower Meadow Road. Existing staff at these locations will be transferred to the new site.

The proposed development will secure 133 existing jobs and create approximately 36 new permanent jobs.

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 17/6486M. The last date for submitting comments is February 8th and a decision is expected by 3rd April 2018.

Halliwell Jones, Planning Applications


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

Jon Williams
Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 2:10 pm
I wondered why the trees and scrubs had been removed already, now we know, don't see a problem though as it it a retail site
Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 2:52 pm
Yes trees and shrubs removed and no arbicultural statement on the planning website. Seems to me a done deal irrespective of people's views.
Mark Goldsmith
Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 4:11 pm
So will they leave their Mini premises on Summerfileds then?

You know, the one that would make a great site for a new Lidl?

Martin Kitchin
Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 4:16 pm
Hello Wilmslow Residents

Does anybody know with certainty what's being planned for the existing BMW : Mini sites on Summerfields Village & at the Blue Bell crossroads?

It's reassuring to read that this proposed development will actually create extra jobs.

It will not result in a net overall reduction of jobs or for that matter, the loss of a valuable and popular community leisure and recreational facility . . .


Alison Warburton
Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 4:28 pm
Agree with Jackie ... putting in planning now seems like shutting stable door after proverbial horse has bolted ... seems someone somewhere knows the planning will go through. Shame to see more meadow land lost and the potential for even more traffic chaos. Oh, and the current showrooms - sold to developers for more houses I wonder??
Martin Kitchin
Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 4:51 pm
Hello Alison,

Having seen how close the existing Bluebell workshop is to neighbouring homes, I would guess that anything other than say, an inappropriately huge superstore, would be welcome outside resident's windows.

What do you think ?

Julian Barlow
Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 4:53 pm
Just last weekend I went for a walk in the Carrs. When I arrived home I noticed a small clump of grass stuck to the underside of my walking boots. Not wanting to tread soil through the house, I removed my boots by the back door and deftly flicked out the clump of grass with a stick. Before the grass had hit the ground, Cheshire East removed it from the green belt, included it in the local plan and a local builder hastily erected a sizeable estate of eight bedroomed "affordable" homes. There'll be a public consultation to discuss the development in 2025.
Barry Buxton
Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 6:44 pm
This cynicism from commenters is pathetic! Recognise that the world moves on.
Robert Bracegirdle
Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 7:30 pm
Wish they would join the other dealers at Lyme Green in Macclesfield. They’re a real pest to get to.
Estelle Lewis
Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 10:03 pm
Ooooh a space for Aldi perchance?!
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 10:17 pm
@ Barry Buxton- I know; it's dreadful isn't it? Which particular bit of cynicism were you referring to, out of interest.
Martin Kitchin
Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 10:22 pm
But of course Barry, it all depends on the direction the world is moving doesn't it ?

For BMW Coppice Way overall it seems about right.

* A net increase in jobs.

* No loss of of say a valuable community leisure and recreational facility for the sake
of the development.

* Potential to improve residential amenities for the neighboring Bluebell homes.
Chris Easdown
Thursday 25th January 2018 at 6:56 pm
Rumour has it that Aldi will move into the current BMW site?????
Martin Kitchin
Sunday 28th January 2018 at 3:40 pm
Hello Chris,

Nothing has been published yet that the Colshaw : Summerfields residents are aware of.

But like all these developments of late, we imagine that somebody knows something somewhere.

Whatever it is, let's all hope that it is something that the entire community might benefit from.

Something health centre-ish would be good, what do you think ?

Dentist, Doctors, Podiatrists, something to encourage healthy life styles and keeping fit ?

All the best,