Proposal to transform town centre eyesore into hotel and restaurant

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Plans are currently being worked on for the development of a prominent town centre site which has become an eyesore.

Property Alliance Group and Annabelle Tugby Architects are working on a proposal for the Tescos Express site on Alderley Road and former sports bar which has been vacant since the building was repossessed on behalf of the landlord in May 2014. Prior to that the building was occupied by La Tasca restaurant.

Susie Fairbank Angus said "Our proposal aims to re-energise the centre of Wilmslow with the design of a new hotel and restaurant, and focus on improving the surrounding public realm.

"We have met with various members of the Wilmslow Council throughout the process so far which has been instrumental in the development of our design."

They will be holding a public consultation at Wilmslow Library from 12pm to 8pm on Tuesday, 10th December, where they will present their scheme with a model and sketches which Susie explains they "hope will communicate our ideas to the community of Wilmslow, sparking conversation and feedback".

Alderley Road


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

Ken Wallace
Thursday 28th November 2019 at 3:45 pm
What will happen to the Tesco store and Post Office? With the Post Office on Chapel Lane closing in January will Wilmslow still have a Post Office and if so, where?
Julie Green
Thursday 28th November 2019 at 3:55 pm
The main Post Office would be re-located where?
David Pearce
Thursday 28th November 2019 at 4:50 pm
Even if it's going to be a high rise building of some kind it seems that the site footprint available to accommodate even a modest sized hotel + restaurant + any scope for dedicated parking is very restricted.
John Gillespie
Thursday 28th November 2019 at 5:07 pm
Good news! Anything that improves the eyesore that is currently there. I am sure that with all the empty commercial properties in Wilmslow, the Post Office will find a new home...
Rick Andrews
Thursday 28th November 2019 at 10:08 pm
Only one question - is a hotel needed?
Answer - no
Add to that the elephant in the room - there is not enough car parking space in the town centre. Result will be parking chaos reducing spaces for shoppers even more.

And then the mysterious dog walking field application next to the Honey Bee. Is it a real business idea? Or Another hotel or airport parking in waiting........?
Wilmslow is fast becoming an office and airport service area. How does this all fit with the long term plan? Time to ask our councillors and MP if they care.
Erik Garner
Friday 29th November 2019 at 7:41 am
This is great news all around. It will improve that area of the town which at the moment is a disgrace. It will generate jobs. I am sure that the planners will consider parking spaces and I’d imagine that Tesco and the Post Office will be untouched. We haven’t seen the plans yet and the consultation day on the 10th December at the library is a great idea. We’ll be able to see for ourselves the model and add our input. The world is changing and Wilmslow needs to keep up.
Marianne Martyn
Friday 29th November 2019 at 9:51 am
Why not relocate the post office back to Hawthorn Lane where it was before or to the Library?
Nick Jones
Friday 29th November 2019 at 9:53 am
Great Initiative.. Applauded that someone has the vision to invest in the town !!
David Jefferay
Friday 29th November 2019 at 5:28 pm
Rick Andrews, yes, we (councillors) do care and yes it is in line with the plan for the town. If you look at the neighbourhood plan, this site is one of the key sites highlighted as needing development.
The plan actually allocates it for retail, restaurants, etc but elsewhere in the plan there is a policy which states that hotel accommodation, especially if close to the station, will be supported. This is ideally located for what they are planning.
I saw an early concept for what the developer is planning and it is high quality.
Ken Shaw
Saturday 30th November 2019 at 12:04 pm
Is this not a little ambitious for our developers, why not start on a smaller project like the empty building next to the King William Pub near the roundabout in Wilmslow. It’s been empty for years and looks a real mess for visitors entering Wilmslow from the bypass
Guy Beardsley
Sunday 1st December 2019 at 3:53 pm
I continue to be amazed at how certain contributors see negativity in everything. I have lost count of the numbers of comments here about this area of town. Now an organisation have the foresight, revenue and accept the risk that comes with a venture like this. Still people object and whinge. A fabulous new scheme, jobs and visitors which will help other business owners. Great news for the town.

Before the comments flood in. No, I am not linked to this in anyway. No, I am not a developer. Yes I live in Wilmslow and care about the prosperity and look of this town.
Jon Williams
Monday 2nd December 2019 at 6:57 am
Maybe it's a Travelodge ?
Pippa Jones
Monday 2nd December 2019 at 8:46 pm
It is really good news that a potentially high quality development is being proposed in place of the current eyesore. The post office can surely be relocated to somewhere more convenient (getting into the current Tesco must be a nightmare for people who are disabled) and parking shouldn't be an issue; most town centre hotels don't have parking and our car parks are often empty in the evenings and weekends; and anyway we should be encouraging people to travel here by train where at all possible to reduce traffic congestion and pollution. It would be great if this development could, for once, be a really well constructed, attractive building that doesn't look tired after a few years like so many of the "same-y" blocks that we have in Wilmslow; and with the current climate emergency it should be fitted to the very highest standards of insulation with as much green infrastructure (trees, hedges, planters) as possible to make the place look better and to encourage flood resilience and biodiversity. The Neighbourhood Plan has set some high standards for developers to follow so this will be a good test of the Plan. Looking forward to the consultation day.
Roy Simpson
Wednesday 4th December 2019 at 3:23 pm
A hotel is not needed .Flatten it if you must and you have a car park .
Barry Buxton
Wednesday 4th December 2019 at 4:00 pm
Well said Guy B! It is unfortunate that websites like this tend to attract a disproportionate volume of town planning luddism.
John Harries
Wednesday 4th December 2019 at 4:42 pm
Elsewhere on here is another article, "Parking problem is killing the town" and on this particular development issue we have a number of 'blue sky thinkers' already giving it the green light as a jolly good idea - why don't you wake up and smell the coffee folks.
I couldn't immediately think of a worse spot for a hotel and (yet another) restaurant but there we go, another money spinner for names, no pack drill! Justification - eyesore yes but more jobs, bringing more business into 'the town' to help out our deprived local businesses, come off it please.
As Julie Green states, is there a quid pro quo regarding the Post Office/convenience store - so where does that go? Bet there's no provision for it at the public meeting on the 10th but there will be a shiny model or schematic of this bright new, exciting concept that will do good for everyone.
The place is being done to death with schemes that will increase traffic/latent demands of parking provision for said existing and inevitable increases. It's daft, muddled thinking and then we have people like Pippa (apologies, I really do respect you opinion) offering the added inspirational 'greeeeen' support that it will "...encourage flood resilience and biodiversity" - we aren't in a Wilmslow bubble saving the world form itself, it's going to be another HOTEL less than 3 miles away from hotel heaven at Manchester Airport!!
David Smith
Wednesday 4th December 2019 at 5:53 pm
Don't stop there - keep going and remove the whole block going all the way round to the traffic lights - St Anns House, The Brewhouse, Anthology, those awful flats that used to be the Police Station and back to Tesco Express - BUT keeping St Teres'a Church and the short row of terraced houses. A good idea would be a large permanent indoor market the likes of which you see on Rick Stein's travel series, which at the moment is in France. A good idea is also to incorporate apartments at affordable prices for those who wish to live in a town and be near facilities but do not wish to have a car. There is enough development around here that is car based and adding to the clogging of our roads.
John Duckworth
Wednesday 4th December 2019 at 6:07 pm
The hotel will be better than what's there now - plenty of free parking after 6 pm let them get it done.
Angela Kapoor
Thursday 5th December 2019 at 9:11 am
I agree with the comment above that 'Wilmslow is fast becoming an office and airport service area'.

Investment in the town should of course be encouraged but the scheme would need extremely careful consideration. We have a small town (I've even heard it referred to as 'the village'!). We are proposing a hotel right at its heart? It would have to be the right sort of hotel. The wrong the sort of scheme and the town centre will nose dive very rapidly. If you're in doubt, take a look at some of the hotels in Altrincham on a Fri / Sat night and see what spills out of the function rooms there. I would not want that in my town centre on a weekend. My concerns would be how 'ambitious' the operators are in terms of functions and what they have planned in terms of parking.

I'd be interested to hear more detail at the consultation. I would like to know specifically what the capacity will be in terms of functions.

Let be positive but in no way naive.
Simon Worthington
Thursday 5th December 2019 at 9:52 am
Deary dear. I am surprised at the intimate knowledge of the hotel industry and local supply and demand for hotel rooms displayed in comments above. Who mentioned a function room???? There are two large car parks over the road empty at nights and weekends plus a railway station and bus stops around the corner and a large airport a few short miles away.
Those with long memories will recall the stitch up between a certain Dr.(?) Gibson, Pete's mob and the old Macc Council over Riverside Park. This resulted in the by pass link road being built over housing and business and not an empty piece of land. Apparently the good Doctor (of what) arranged a sweet heart deal to save his land from compulsory purchase at market value for scrubland.The council intimated a 4 star hotel would be welcome but - no - we got a couple of office blocks, thankfully with parking but of very little local benefit.
Christine McClory
Thursday 5th December 2019 at 1:02 pm
Great to get rid of that monstrosity! But hopefully underground parking will be part of the plan for the hotel.
The car parks across the road are not all free after 6pm. Some are only free between 10pm and 6 or 7am .... So hotel users would have to be up and filling their parking meters before breakfast... and they’d be using the computers spaces in the morning!
Mark Goldsmith
Thursday 5th December 2019 at 5:17 pm
Extra parking for this development is likely to be incorporated into the new all-day car park that Cheshire East is considering to build nearby. This development may also help fund it too.

Retail units will remain on the developments ground floor though, so there could be space for Tesco and the post office to return if they want.

I was told that a hotel chain is lined up for the 80 bedrooms but I am not sure if this is open knowledge or not. Therefore, I will just say that it is a large international, high-end chain and not a budget hotel brand.

Cllr Mark Goldsmith
Residents of Wilmslow
Janet Edwards
Thursday 5th December 2019 at 6:16 pm
I do not understand how a hotel on this site will offer any benefit to people living and/or working in Wilmslow. By definition a hotel is for visitors to the town unless it also has function rooms available for hire. It will most likely offer nothing to those of us living in the town. This site has a small footprint for a hotel, so it will probably be taller than surrounding buildings and therefore completely overbearing for the row of houses behind it.
I agree with everyone who says the current building is an eyesore, with difficult access to the post office and Green Lane frequently part-blocked by Tesco delivery trucks. However, there needs to be a more imaginative approach to redeveloping this site, to provide some benefit to local residents and possibly including a community space for local functions. Any more deas from anyone?
And please, reinstate the post office to Hawthorn Lane or find space for it at the library, as suggested elsewhere.
Guy Beardsley
Saturday 7th December 2019 at 11:18 pm

I am not sure whether your post is tongue in cheek or you actually mean it.

If you actually mean what you say let me give you one example of how this scheme will help Wilmslow.

Hotel = visitors = people

Local Shops need need people to make money

Local people work in local shops

Local shops make money = local people earn money
John Harries
Sunday 8th December 2019 at 1:03 pm
I don't agree or buy into the economic 'model' Guy Beardsley tries to sell for Wilmslow and environs.
Much of the angst ie fly parking, traffic chaos/congestion is due to the influx of transient week-day workers chasing a completely unplanned commercialisation of a very small domitory town (and yes I often do reference it in private as a 'village' that, half a century back it certainly was - a largish one of about 11K villagers), light on offices but well endowed with a full range of wonderful shops, services and entertainment that catered to almost every need and desire.
Tempus fugit, none the less we are where we are (rather, where we've been 'put') but trying to make it even worse with over-building is just plain madness if you, like me, want better outcomes.
The whole site in question was, as it's original 'modern' iteration, a car showroom/service garage (Lookers) at a time when the main road (A34) was Grove Street, having a thro' traffic 'safety valve' of Green Lane; the site was built on with the new A538 thro' traffic safety valve (Alderley/Manchester Road 'old' by-pass) a feature of future traffic requirements.
I know some contributors reading this might be yawning with disdain at this point but surely the solution is to only approve any future development that results in less demand on parking/traffic movements - de-value the area to developers and designate it green belt lite (my personal option would be a piazza type zone linking existing commercial/shopping areas). Wishful thinking maybe but a far more attractive and sensible notion to the brick and concrete brigade who have ruined a nice small town
...and Wilmslow is so in need of local employment that we don't even have the overblown Job Centre any more (surprise, it's now - even so much more necessary, private light commercial/office accomodation!!)
Lee Brocklehurst
Monday 9th December 2019 at 6:44 pm
Your logic is, at best, mis-leading and at worst entirely wrong!
For a start you say ".... let me give you one example...." and then go on to make four statements.
Let's ignore your inability to count and examine each statement.

Statement 1.
Hotel = visitors = people

How do these people arrive in Wilmslow? If they arrive by public transport that would be less of a problem but if they arrive by car where do you suggest they park?

Statement 2.
Local Shops need need people to make money

Are you suggesting that the people who use the hotel (Statement 1) have come to Wilmslow to stay overnight and shop?

Statements 3.
Local shops make money = local people earn money

If local shops make money why are there so many empty shops?
Perhaps you mean empty offices make money.

And finally Statement 4
Local shops make money = local people earn money

Some local shops may make money however your assertion that "local people earn money" is totally fallacious.

Why would 'local people' need to park on Alderley Road, Buckingham Road, Knutsford
Road...I needn't go on regarding off-street and on-pavement parking.

I don't know your definition of 'local' but I can walk to Bank Square, as I have done for the past 40 years, in less than 15 minutes.

Over to you.
Lee Brocklehurst
Monday 9th December 2019 at 11:02 pm
Councillor Goldsmith clearly knows who wants to open an hotel in Wilmslow. His own post says "I was told that a hotel chain is lined up for the 80 bedrooms but I am not sure if this is open knowledge or not. Therefore, I will just say that it is a large international, high-end chain and not a budget hotel brand."

Clearly he knows who this is but we are being treated like children whose parent knows what is best for us.

Why would anyone want to open an hotel in the middle of Wilmslow?
Is it because it's near to Jamins Pizza or Henrys hairdresser? No, but it's easy to get to Manchester Airport or Manchester itself or even Crewe. Whichever chain it is will not benefit the local economy, perhaps save a few local jobs, but what it certainly will do is put 80 more cars looking to park in an already over crowded area.
Do we want our town (village) to be used as somewhere to park whilst they conduct business elsewhere?
Alistair Yates
Wednesday 11th December 2019 at 9:50 am
I find the incessant negativity of some of the comments on here astounding.

How can it be reasonably claimed that potential investors, looking to re-develop a site that the very same commenters regard to be an eyesore, are ruining the town? The irony of all this of course is that it is these nostalgic naysayers that are ruining the town by consistency blocking any form of redevelopment that doesn't fit their archaic views. The fact that they're in some cases expressed in Latin reinforces this point.

Investment of this type is economically beneficial to the local economy and attracts further investment, that's how the model works.

It would be interesting to know how many of the negative commenters above actually took the time to visit the exhibition....

The only positive thing to come out of reading some of these comments was the laugh I had reading reference to a "piazza type zone". Get a grip! Where's the funding for that going to come from, with no potential return? I would like someone to build me a 5-bed detached house, for free. Weirdly though, no-one wants to do it.
Clive Cooksey
Wednesday 11th December 2019 at 11:18 pm
I would have commented on the project had I known if & when it was taking place.! Sadly I missed the announcement through these columns when that was taking happening. THIS, was the only knowledge of if, & where this took place. More publicity must be given to projects like this, so that ALL residents can comment despite not having "modern technology!"