August 2016 Construction on the site has begun.
August 2015 The site has been sold to Henderson
Homes (UK) Ltd. and
they have submitted a new planning application CEC
once again for 7 properties. The number will no doubt be objected to
once again. The pictures on their web page show the previous application.
August 2014 Planning permission granted for the 6 house
Work due to start Jan 2015 (it never did although the site was
2013 H2O are working to submit a new application before Christmas.
This will be for 6 units, rather than 7, and with just one access from
Hurst Lane. They will increase the distance between the new houses
and the end house on Highfield Road, and avoid the overlooking of the
house in the quarry on Palmerston Street.
June 2013 The
planning application has been withdrawn! Reason not yet known.
On 23rd April 2013 the developer, H2O Urban, has submitted
a Planning Application to CEC and issued artist's impressions together
with a press release on their plans for this site. Artist's
Impressions | Press
Hurst Lane canal wharf last occupied by Red Joinery.
The site was owned by Canal & River
a charity created out of British Waterways. CRT have taken over all
responsibilities for the development and upkeep of the English and
Welsh inland waterways that previously belonged to British Waterways
- the difference is that they are now a charity, run in a similar manner
to the National Trust. A further organisation, called H2O, was set
up by CRT. This is a national joint venture partnership between CRT and
specialist developers bloc.
One of CRT's responsibilities is to maximise their income from their property
holdings. CRT decided to re-develop the
wharf by building houses. They recognised the sensitivity of the site
- it is a prominent location beside the Macclesfield canal, and within
Canal Conservation Area.
With this sensitivity in mind, H2O held a Public
Consultation at the Civic Hall in October 2012.
Representatives from CRT,
H2O and bloc were in attendance to discuss community concerns
and to answer questions.
In January 2013 H2O returned with updated plans, reflecting the comments
made in October. These plans were presented to the Civic Society committee
and to Bollington Town Council, whose meeting was attended by about 20
members of the local community.
The new proposal was for seven units, three detached and two pairs, (this
is one less than the earlier proposal). Changes were made to the
individual house designs to keep the roof lines down to two stories from
each direction. The entrance to the site had been moved a few metres
further up Hurst Lane from the present entrance in order to improve access/egress
safety. One pair of houses would front Hurst Lane with their own entrance
from Hurst Lane towards the top of the site. The five houses in the main
body of the site were arranged around a square courtyard with an open
side to the canal. There was to be space on the wharf for two boats
and the moorings were intended to be fully serviced (power and water).
All originally moored boats were to be relocated during the construction
Comments from the community included: concerns about traffic, particularly
during construction, and the ongoing parking problems - parking space
on Hurst Lane would be reduced by the two entrances proposed; there was
a call for a weight limit to be applied to the canal bridge in order
to prevent deliveries being made to the site; the effect on Aqueduct
Cottage of overlooking by the house immediately opposite.
It should be said that the general consensus was that the development would
be an improvement to the area and that most concerns had been answered.
Further changes were later made which reduced the number of units to six
and an application was made to CEC (13/5259M)
on this basis. Permission was granted in August 2014. It was later announced
that construction would begin in January 2015. Nothing happened.
In August 2015 we hear that the site has been sold to Henderson
Homes (UK) Ltd. and
that they have submitted a new planning application, 15/3461M.
This is again for 7 units, five accessed from the new roadway and two
directly from Hurst Lane.
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