PLANNING chiefs have granted permission for a historic building in Crewe to be demolished and replaced with retirement flats.

Cheshire East Council strategic planning committee paves the way for affordable housing provider, Wulvern, to build a three storey apartment block in Ford Lane.

The £1.9 million development requires the demolition of Brooklands House, a dilapidated Victorian home used as flats until 2011.

Commenting on the plans, a spokesman for Crewe Town Council said: “The Council recognises the need to redevelop the site, but feels it is regrettable that a house of historical significance is being demolished to provide for the development.

“The apartment building at three storeys is not in keeping with the houses in adjacent areas. We also believe that consideration needs to be given in terms of access to the site for older people as the main access routes seem to be at the foot of the hill away from the development.”

Construction work is due to commence in the spring.

The development, designed by Pozzoni architects, will offer 12 one bedroom, and four two bedroom apartments with balconies, kitchens and wet floor shower rooms.

Wulvern has been awarded grant funding of £352,000 through the Homes and Communities Agency’s Affordable Homes Programme towards the cost of the homes.

Wulvern’s senior development officer, Ann Lander, said: “We are delighted that the development has got the green light.

“The Brooklands will provide much needed affordable homes for over 55’s wishing to live in secure, modern surroundings.”

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