Plans for new restaurant dropped


Plans have been submitted for a development of apartments in the town centre.

Salford based Osmium Estates Ltd are seeking approval for the change of use of the 1st and 2nd floor of Whitecroft House at 51 Water Lane to enable them to develop 12 apartments.

The ground floor of the three story commercial property is occupied by the Co-op store, with the remainder currently used as offices.

Planning permission was granted in 2018 for a restaurant/cafe and a two storey extension to the building, which will no longer be implemented.

Instead a a mixture of one and two bedroom properties will be built and the car park at the rear of the building, which is currently for the occupants of the offices, will provide 37 spaces for the apartments.

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 20/3204M.

Planning Applications, Water Lane


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

Simon Worthington
Thursday 30th July 2020 at 9:47 am
Any change of use from commercial to residential in a commercial area should have the caveat that no complaints about noise and disturbance by said commercial interests may be made!!
Adam Bower
Thursday 30th July 2020 at 12:57 pm
Its a shame they can't start knocking down these horrible buildings. Great that its going to be apartments but it would be even better if we could start to erode away at the 'Jones Homes/Orbit' look of the town.
John Harries
Tuesday 4th August 2020 at 2:50 pm
I'm certainly no fan of the Jones/Orbit/Emerson bandwagon we've allowed ourselves to be dictated by for far too long but we are where we are - and, they only apply for planning it's our Councils (CCC/Macclesfield/CEC) that approved the style/design....
To be fair (and I can't remember who actually built this particular property on the ex. St. Barts. Church Hall site for, I recall, Whitecroft Lighting's Head Office) but it does try to emulate (admittedly with a more modern take quite unlike that ghost-like monstrosity on Alderley Road that was Remenham) the much older and more attractive character 3 story commercial properties at the top of Water Lane that were built in the early 60's and the ex. Finnigans site on Alderley Road built a little earlier - that was the heartbeat of bustling, shoppers paradise Wilmslow.
Now this plot is being cranked up from a ground floor mini market plus offices to even more apartments; are there not already far too many empty apartments in Wilmslow or has Covid-19 pricked the office boom bubble that has turned this place into a town of traffic congestion and parking misery for residents?