by Iain Roberts on 12 March, 2015
Gatley’s former Tatton cinema site has long been a blot on the landscape and the Lib Dem team have always worked to get a sensible development at the privately-owned site, exploring options including car-parks and several other schemes.
The latest news is that Dickens Property Group, who have owned the site for the last decade, are in pre-application talks with the council to bring forward a development on the site. We would like to see final plans released publicly as soon as possible, though that’s likely to still be some weeks away as the architects work to come up with a scheme that’s acceptable to planning officers.
At the same time, Stockport Council is progressing the Compulsory Purchase Order that the Lib Dems successfully campaigned for and which – if the other plans fall through – could see the site handed over to a new developer with a commitment to the site around the end of 2015.
Neither plan is certain and there are no guarantees, but we believe this twin-track approach gives the best chance we’ve had in years to finally make the site an asset for Gatley village.
An unknown wag recently posted fake planning notices near the Tatton suggesting it might be demolished and turned into a bingo hall – as we’ve had a few comments about them, we’re happy to confirm that it was no more than someone’s idea of a joke.6 Comments