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School homes plan gets the go-ahead
PLANS for 82 homes on a derelict former school site have been given the green light.
The Cheshire East planning department and members of the Southern Planning Committee have granted permission to developers to build 82 new homes on the site of the former Sir William Stanier School.
At a planning meeting on Thursday, August 22, plans put forward by Renew Land Developments to give the site a new lease of life were approved, paving the way for work to begin to transform the 3.7 acre brownfield site on Ludford Street.
Built in the 1930s, the former Victoria Community High School had more recently been used as a family and community centre before falling into a tired and run down state, becoming a target for vandalism.
The plans will now see the site undergo a major transformation and help address the housing quota in the local area while developing an unused, previously developed site, just as Renew Land’s development of the former Rockwood pub in Crewe has done and what their proposals for 1,000 homes at the White Moss Quarry site in Alsager would achieve.
Lee Dawkin, director of Renew Land, said: “At a time where a lot of greenbelt developments have been put forward, it is excellent news that these plans have been given the green light and we have been able to bring forward this development on a sustainable, previously developed site.
“This development follows on from the approval received to transform another previously developed site, the former Rockwood pub in Crewe, into 16 one bedroom and four two bedroom apartments for social housing.
“In addition to this, our plans to develop the White Moss Quarry site in Alsager would see up to 1,000 homes built, again in a sustainable location and again on another previously developed site.
“We now look forward to pressing ahead with the delivery of the Ludford development and transforming a site that has lain dormant and in a sorry state for a number of years, into something that will add value to the local area.”
Planning consultant Richard Lee of RLPP said: “I am delighted that planning consent has been secured on this site in such a highly sustainable location.
“I’d like to thank council officers for their support and how promptly they have been able to deal with this application.”
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