New plans to replace row of garages with houses


Plans to demolish a garage block off Buckingham Road and replace it with two houses have been submitted.

The site consists of a single-storey garage block within an area of car parking located behind a row of retail units with residential properties above.

The garages facing Buckingham Road form the prime use of the site, previously for use by the residents over the adjacent retail units. However, the residential portion of the adjacent buildings have been sold to private owners and the garages are currently unused.

More recently the hard-landscaped service yard surrounding the garages has become an unrestricted parking zone for residents and visitors using the retail and residential properties nearby. Currently the informal parking on the site is used by approximately 20 cars, some of which are blocked in by others.

The proposal is for two four-bedroom dwellings with split levels of 2-storeys at the front and 3- storeys to the rear. The accommodation is spread across three floors with the top-floor master bedroom being within the roof space.

Two off-street parking spaces are located at the front of the properties with private gardens to the rear.

An application was submitted for three 3-storey dwellings on this site in July 2015, reference 15/4692M, which was refused. This decision was upheld at appeal with the main issue raised being the height of the proposal which was out of character with the area.

These comments were taken on board in the design of a new scheme, submitted in January 2017 for three 2.5-storey dwellings which was granted planning permission. This application retains the height of the approved scheme but with a reduction to two dwellings.

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council planning portal by searching for planning reference 20/0688M.

Buckingham Road, Planning Applications


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

Sally Hoare
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 2:42 pm
I would prefer it to be designated car parking.
Simon Atkins
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 2:48 pm
only 2 houses? I'd have thought the developers could have crammed in 4 at least
Yvonne Howson
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 4:20 pm
I wonder where the 20 cars that currently park there will be able to park? Not on the car park that is Buckingham Rd that's for sure.
Chris Neill
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 5:21 pm
More madness. 20 cars spread all over the place, plus more cars for the new houses and not a new car park in sight. Another great opportunity being lost to help correct the number one problem in Wilmslow.
John Gibbons
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 6:17 pm
A couple of houses replace a row of unsightly garages. Given housing targets it’s probably the best use of a brownfield site rather than building on green belt.
Chris Neill
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 10:01 pm
John, sorry, no it isn't....the town needs every square bit of space to create parking for the ever increasing and overwhelming number of cars which take over our town during the working week and beyond.
Because of the lack of forward planning, including casual planning permission and overdevelopment, we have a town which is blighted daily by cars, vans and trucks which create road blockage, pavement damage, verge damage, safety hazards and totally unsociable parking.
Number One spoiler of what was once a more pleasant place to live.
Stuart Redgard
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 11:02 pm
I've regularly passed this location several times a week for the past 25 years. I don't ever recall there have been 20 cars parked there, but I could be wrong. My memory is not quite what it used to be.

Also, it's private land so if any of the 20 cars were parked there without the landowners' permission them they were committing the offence of trespass.

How about a carpark that anybody can use without committing an offence or having to pay either. Wouldn't that be a great idea! Oh, wait a minute. We have that already. It's called Buckingham Road and every other road in Wilmslow that has no parking restrictions on it.

I live on such a road and also in a house with no dedicated off-road parking. I live with the decision I made 25 years ago to buy the property. And I'm still happy I moved to what is a lovely house in a lovely Road and a lovely town that was and still is, in my opinion, a great place to live.
Brian Tickner
Thursday 27th February 2020 at 11:51 am
Good for you, Stuart. Definitely not a moaner!
Adam Bower
Monday 2nd March 2020 at 9:48 pm
Anyone fortunate enough to own this scrap of land would do exaclty the same as the current owners. Building two houses verses having it as car parking.....its obvious which way to go! People who say otherwise clearly dont understand the economics. Wilmslow needs a complete overhaul with regard to shopping and parking, this development does not alter the situation at all. The only reason why Buckingham Road is a 'carpark' is merely due to overly expensive parking charges and rubbish town centre landscaping.