We had a useful meeting this afternoon with the development team working on the Barnes Hospital site. They’re keen to get something happening very quickly as they want to keep the hospital building and there’s concern it may not be saveable if it’s left for more than another year or two.
The developers will be having public consultations before – they hope – submitting a planning application in the first few months of 2013.
Their proposal is to restore the Barnes Hospital building, turning it into around 80 small apartments. To make that work financially, there would be a range of one and two bed apartments and three and four bed houses – around 300 dwellings in total on the site.
The sole vehicle access would be the current entrance from Kingsway.
We’ve raised some concerns about the routes vehicles would take to go into Manchester or onto the motorway from the site; and about the need for a good quality path for pedestrians and cyclists to get into Cheadle village.
We’ll let you know about public displays so you have your own chance to see the plans in detail and question the developers yourself.
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