Plans to change former yoghurt shop into offices


An application has been submitted to change the use of a shop premises on Water Lane to offices.

Southbank (UK) Ltd has applied for an A2 licence, for financial and professional services, for 59 Water Lane, which until recently was occupied by Yogberries frozen yoghurt shop.

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 14/0332M.

The last date for submitting comments is 21st February and a decision is expected to be made by 10th March.

Planning Applications, Water Lane


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

Josie James
Tuesday 4th February 2014 at 8:15 pm
More offices with little/none all day parking - this is not what Wilmslow needs. I'm fed up with commuters parking outside my house !!!
Justine McKendrick
Tuesday 4th February 2014 at 8:46 pm
Marvellous, just what Wilmslow needs. We don't have enough offices do we!!!!!!!! More people parking obstructing the local roads and making residents lives a misery.
Simon Worthington
Wednesday 5th February 2014 at 10:06 am
This is a shop for selling things not services, which can and should be done from an office. We do not need another financial outlet which will obviously be closed on Saturdays. In a retail unit!!!!
The downward trend can only be reversed if the number of retail units is kept for retail. Eventually the greedy landlords will get sick of paying the rates and drop their rents. Perhaps the answer is a rates multiplier for empty properties. The empty office eyesore on King's Close would be a good place to start.
Julia Prestbury
Wednesday 5th February 2014 at 11:30 am
Totally agree, it should be a shop - there is a new building being constructed on Water Lane which is going to be offices - and I believe there are still offices available in Springfield House - Grove Street is the "shopping" area.
Dave Cash
Saturday 8th February 2014 at 4:15 am
Whilst an A2 usage refers to 'financial & related commercial use', this classification covers banks, B soc's, estate agents & possible sale of scrap precious metals. by general public.
The planning application suggests there will only be1 full-time and 2 part time employees, hardly more than than previous occupant parking requirements,
The plan layout is consistent for an Estate Agent office, maybe for a Wilmslow EA relocation or a new player.
The speculative planning application appears to have been made by the property developer, who appears to have links with several Stockport-based EA's.
Much has been written about the decline of central Wilmslow retail shops so I suggest any 'change of use' application should be rejected until the final user is identified.
Thus WTC could then comment on application, based on density of of similar avail businesses in the central, or other areas of Wilmslow
Oliver Romain
Monday 10th February 2014 at 10:19 pm
If I am not mistaken this building was A2 in the past. A2 is retain financial services, this is likely to mean visitors to the shop thereby generating footfall. Isn't this what local businesses want?
I don't understand why an insurance or financial services company or even solicitor should not be allowed to occupy the premises. Let the market decide who can make a go of it or rent the premises yourself if you are so convinced a shop is the answer.