Revised plans to replace former nursing home with apartments

Revised plans have been submitted to demolish a redundant nursing home and replace it with a block of retirement apartments in Handforth.

Churchill Retirement Living are seeking planning permission to demolish Cypress House, located on the corner of Wilmslow Road and South Acre Drive, and erect a replacement building containing 39 apartments for retirement living along with a guest apartment, communal facilities, access, 20 car parking spaces and landscaping.

The existing building, which was used as a nursing home until 2006 has been unoccupied since.

The building will contain 25 one bedroom apartments and 14 two bedroom apartments, a reception, owners lounge and one guest suite for family and friends.

A previous planning application for 45 apartments, on the site of this application (ref: 19/3218M), which was subject to a planning appeal in early 2021. The appeal was dismissed due to concerns over the amount and quality of amenity space, particularly external, and the impact on the character of the area due to the limited amount of formal landscaping.

In response, the number of apartments and overall footprint of the building have been reduced to enable the landscaped areas to be increased. The owner's lounge and coffee bar have also been relocated and now open onto a south facing terrace.

Additionally, the south and west facing facades having been pulled back away from the boundary enabling the landscaping to be increased.

The revised plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 21/3555M. The last date submitting comments is 19th August and a decision is expected by 1st October.

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