Plans for seven new homes off Water Lane

Plans have been submitted for the erection of seven dwellings at the existing car park to the rear of Whitecroft House at 51 Water Lane.

Salford based Osmium Estates Ltd are seeking planning permission for a block of 7 two-bedroomed homes with small private gardens and a larger communal area to the front.

The Salford based company have also applied to change the use of the 1st and 2nd floor of Whitecroft House from offices to dwelling to create 12 apartments.

The planning application states "Whilst it is likely that the two schemes will be brought forward in phases, is the intention that the developments will complement and enhance one another. In this regard, careful consideration has been given to how the two schemes interrelate, and opportunities have been taken to create links between the developments and ensure the site functions well as a whole."

The car park currently has 45 spaces which will be reduced to 32 - 9 of the parking bays will be provided for the existing and retained Co-Op store, these include 2 bays for disabled visitors. Whilst 23 spaces will be provided for the residents of both the 7 dwellings, and the 12 apartments being created through the conversion of Whitecroft House - each property will have a designated parking bay, leaving 4 spaces to be allocated for visitor parking only. Additionally 14 cycle spaces are included within a cycle store.

The entrance to the site is taken directly off Water Lane and comes in via the east of Whitecroft House. This new scheme also includes a new pedestrian bridge connection into Whitecroft House. This provides residents with access to the 7 houses via the lift within the existing building.

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Planning Portal by searching for planning reference 20/3203M.

Planning Applications


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

Jon Williams
Wednesday 5th August 2020 at 9:19 am
Houses ! they look like industrial units
Nick Jones
Wednesday 5th August 2020 at 11:04 am
Without prejudice; It would be nice to get people back living in the town, even with the restrictions that brings, and maybe a few long term dormant commercial properties could also consider similar ?
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 5th August 2020 at 12:34 pm
Cheshire East Council has a Design Guide, in Part 2 there is a section "Working With The Grain of The Place". It is quite easy to understand. Presumably the "designer" of these human containment units did not read it?
Paul Maddock
Wednesday 5th August 2020 at 4:08 pm
Human containment units is generous. Rabbit hutches would be more appropriate. Also there is no way 32 'Wilmslow tractors' will fit around the existing building and the new hutches. nice to have people living back in the town centre, but totally inappropriate site density. 12 appts is quite enough without adding a further 7 new residences - no matter how tiny they are.
Paul Millett
Wednesday 5th August 2020 at 4:32 pm
A lot of the architecture in Wilmslow is bally awful and I see nothing wrong with these homes. They will hopefully appeal to younger people, perhaps with a child, who want modern design and want to live in the village centre. I think they are more interesting architecturally than anything being put up in Wilmslow at the moment particularly these god awful blocks near Sainsburys and the URC
Jon Williams
Wednesday 5th August 2020 at 7:00 pm
Wilmslow is a town not a village Paul
Alan Slater
Thursday 6th August 2020 at 5:15 pm
If I understand the plan correctly, these units are to be built at right angles to Water Lane, parallel with Hawthorn Street and Wycliffe Avenue and will overlook some of the properties in these.
They are completely out of character with the properties in these roads and will stand out like the proverbial sore thumb. I bet a pound to a penny that these units are not designed with energy saving in mind.
Chris Neill
Friday 7th August 2020 at 7:50 am
This future eyesore is ridiculous. Wilmslow town is made up of a mixture Art Deco buildings, Victorian villas,houses and new builds.There are more new build apartments which look ok and will stand the test of time. Around the town, there is some bad architecture, and you look at it and think how did they allow that to happen.
I think it's good that we encourage living in the town and take up space in existing vacant buildings, but please do not blight the town with monstrosities like these, use the opportunity to improve its character and architecture for now and future generations to enjoy.
Erik Garner
Friday 7th August 2020 at 4:49 pm
Jean Berman
Saturday 8th August 2020 at 8:07 am
I thought theses were a joke at first but it didn’t make me laugh. Are CE completely bonkers they would stick out like a sore thumb a bruised one at that.
Guy Beardsley
Saturday 8th August 2020 at 5:29 pm
I have posted similar comments before. The pessimism and negativity from locals to new build houses is really disappointing. I really believe that some of you would still be living in caves if it wasn’t for forward thinking designers etc

These properties will allow new families to live in this fantastic area. Hopefully adding some much needed cosmopolitan minded people to Cheshire.
Chris Neill
Sunday 9th August 2020 at 8:00 am
Sorry Mr Beardsley, you have totally missed the point. It's nothing to do with negativity, it,s the opposite. It's about keeping the positive aspect about the town which make it a decent place to live. Bad buildings and bad architecture blight towns and some developers will make as much profit from a project as they can if planners and local groups , who see the bigger picture, allow them to.
This small town is under massive pressure from traffic, parking , and overdevelopment and only a duty of care all round will preserve the quality of the place for residents and visitors to enjoy now and in the future.
Jacqui Thornton
Sunday 16th August 2020 at 12:38 pm
Totally the wrong place for these awful looking buildings on an already congested Water Lane.
Sarah Cooke
Monday 17th August 2020 at 9:29 am
High density prefabs.
The Wilmslow Neighbourhood plan was put into place by the people of Wilmslow.... key drivers in that future building should acknowledge existing massing, materials and styles
These fail miserably.
As building regs have been relaxed in the last month prepare for the onslaught of ill conceived designs and land buy ups to make developers pot more money
Mark Goldsmith
Saturday 22nd August 2020 at 7:30 am
I can confirm that the application for these 7 new houses has now been withdrawn by the developers.

Officially it is because of the number of complaints by neighbours but I also think there are other technical issues too.

One of them is that as the living area for these new houses is on the 1st floor, so planning regulations state they need to be an extra distance from any habitable rooms in adjacent houses. These plans used Ordnance Survey maps showing the original houses to measure this distance. But in reality, rear extensions to nearby houses means this gap is far shorter than it needs to be.

So, this plan won’t be happening and it will remain as a car park until any new plans are proposed.

Cllr Mark Goldsmith
Residents of Wilmslow
Wilmslow West & Chorley

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