Town centre unveiled

Community Newsgroup: Town centre unveiled Town centre unveiled

LONG awaited plans for Macclesfield’s multi-million pound town centre redevelopment were being submitted to Macclesfield Borough Council as Community News went to press.

The development will extend the town centre, creating some 500,000 sq ft of space for shops, leisure and restaurants/cafes.

Wilson Bowden Developments Ltd is submitting an outline application, conservation area consent application and a detailed planning application, for replacement buildings in the conservation area. The outline planning application will include a traffic assessment, environmental impact study, a public realm strategy to cover open spaces, and archaeological survey.

Once the council has formally registered the plans, they will be available for people to view and comment upon in the period up to Christmas.

Debenhams at Park Green is the anchor tenant for the retail transformation of Macclesfield town centre, covering an area from Castle Street to Park Green, bounded by Mill Street and Churchill Way. The store will occupy 55,000 square feet of floor space on two-storeys. A medium-sized food store is proposed for Park Green, next to a 1,200 space multi-storey car park.

A multi-screen cinema to the west of Churchill Way is expected to be part of the comprehensive redevelopment, opposite a new town square, and a new shopping street will link the Grosvenor Centre to the town square. A new community hall will be built on Park Lane opposite the Silk Museum and Paradise Mill.

Cafés and restaurants will line Exchange Street, overlooking the town square, while Dukes Court will link to the main shopping mall.

The developers plan to be on site in 2011.

WHAT do you think of the plans? Have your say at communitynewsgroup.co.uk

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