Plans to convert three empty dwellings into ten separate houses

Plans have been submitted to convert and three vacant dwellings and outbuildings in Wilmslow to create ten separate homes.

The current development at Little Stanneylands on Stanneylands Road consists of 3 homes and an indoor swimming pool on a 1.22 hectare site. The farmhouse, the barn and Rose Cottage are all listed buildings.

The new scheme will replace these with one 1 bedroom home, five 2 bedroom and four with 3 bedrooms.

There are currently 9 parking spaces and the proposal is to increase this to 22.

The planning application states "Thirty five years ago a family bought Little Stanneylands and progressively through time converted each of the outbuildings on the farmstead into ancillary accommodation for the family's use. Now the large areas of farmland around the property have been sold off, circa. 100+ homes built on the farmland and now this property is standing empty as it is a very large single home with associated second and third homes included but without the privacy or land which used to make it appealing. It has been marked for around two to three years and is seen as no longer having a viable single-ownership high value home."

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 21/4264M.

Images: Proposed plans, existing site plan.



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

Simon Rodrigues
Monday 25th October 2021 at 7:46 pm
This is just ludicrous listed building , heritage, history. Surely the aspect of selling the land making the building unusable or worthless was apparent when the land was sold . We requested that the building gains listed status and the application to be refuted. My fears are that the building will suffer arson, as the build to restore would out-value the current value. Making it a listed building puts responsibility on its owner who has clearly profited from the sale of the land, and protects the historic interest and green belt status that has been reinstated. Cheshire East Council you have no escuse, the truth and coarse of action required is public.
Roger Bagguley
Wednesday 27th October 2021 at 4:15 pm
Three of these buildings are Grade 2 listed. This is probably the most significant heritage site still remaining in Wilmslow and needs the full protection coming with its historic grading. A heritage site must retain its value despite what happens around it. Many historic buildings are preserved despite their current settings. The shambles in Manchester was moved lock stock and barrel at enormous cost. Taking care of our history should have no economic bounds.
Anita Willoughby
Thursday 28th October 2021 at 8:07 pm
Is this another instance of environmental downgrading by the boiling frog technique? I refer to the familiar tactic of 'developing' a place that is nicer than the surrounding everywhere else to make it like anywhere else except for some diminished thing that still has character. Next step is to say the character remaining is of such low value that it wouldn't matter to rub that out as well.
Fred Rayers
Friday 29th October 2021 at 11:11 am
I would have thought that to most people 1.22ha is sufficient to protect the immediate area around 3 historic listed buildings and the loss of the wider environment just gives even more justification why these 3 buildings need to be protected from inappropriate change.

Limited internal works to allow it to be sold as separate properties, whilst still keeping the land around it essentially unchanged so the character of the site s not affected is a reasonable approach, however not the destruction of heritage proposed.

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