For a while we’ve been saying that the owners of the Tatton Cinema site were bringing forward development proposals, but it was taking time. They are finally here!
We have not seen the proposals in detail, so we put them here for everyone – including ourselves – to take a look at and come back with comments.
The planning application is here. Not all the documents are online yet – they will be added over the next few days.
The summary of the proposed development is:
- Demolition of existing buildings at the site – but keeping the art-deco frontage.
- A new mixed use building containing ground floor retail space, with all plant associated with the food retail unit to be located in a plant area to the rear at ground floor level, and deliveries via access doors on the eastern facing elevation. This will be a small supermarket, the proposed trading hours are 0800-2000hrs Monday-Saturday and 1000-1600hrs on Sundays;
- A total of 7 apartments on the first-third floors above the small supermarket, with a small private terrace to the rear of the building.
- A new 4 storey residential block to the rear of the site with a shared garden/amenity space to the rear backing onto the rear of buildings on Old Hall Road. This will be 26 two-bedroom apartments. They will be for retired people looking to downsize, but will not be a care home or sheltered accommodation.
- Residential car parking to the rear of the site behind the mixed use building and in front of the residential block;
- Some additional external works including the formation of 9 car parking spaces at the front of the mixed use building.
The Lib Dem team have long campaigned for a decent development on the Tatton site to replace the current eyesore.
We want to listen to what people have to say on this. One thing we do have to say, though, is that the site is privately owned and the owners have made clear they will only consider a proposal that gives them a financial return. The real decision will be whether we want this proposal or whether we want the site to remain as it is for the next few years and hope that something better comes along at some point.