Housing conversion plans submitted for historic Wilmslow buildings

A COUNCILLOR has ‘called in’ an application to convert listed buildings in Wilmslow into several homes saying more needs to be done to protect the historic assets and wildlife corridor.

The proposal to convert the house and outbuildings at Little Stanneylands into 10 separate dwellings is due to be decided by planning officers under delegated authority.

Lacey Green Cllr Don Stockton wants the applicant to do more to protect the wildlife corridor and historic assets and has ‘called in’ the application for it to be considered by the planning committee.

A document submitted with the planning application by Annabelle Tugby Archichitects states: “These proposals are to provide extensions to renovate the farmhouse, extend it, simply divide the barn, renovate Rose Cottage and convert the indoor swimming pool building into an attractive set of four mews properties by incorporating a small rear extension.”

It says the farmhouse is to be converted into three-bed dwellings; Rose Cottage to be renovated and receive separate utility supplies; the barns will be converted into one one-bed and one two-bed homes and the indoor swimming pool building will be extended and divided into four two-bed dwellings, with new highways access from Stanneylands Road with separate parking and oak framed car-barn style garaging.

The applicant says the present use of the listed buildings is no longer a viable one and that its ‘reinstatement as a series of separate dwellings will secure the groups future and return it to an occupied site full of activity as was once the original farmstead’.

The conversion would result in minimal alterations to the external appearance of the existing farmhouse.

Cllr Stockton said the application should be considered by councillors.

Clr Don Stockton

“It would be a travesty if this application were not permitted to come before the northern planning committee,” he said in his call-in letter to Cheshire East.

His concerns center around ecology, heritage and safety.

“There would be a significant loss of green infrastructure,” said the Wilmslow councillor.

He said a tree survey appears to have been done but nothing on the wider biodiversity issues.

“The wildlife corridor should lead somewhere, not just a blind end,” he said.

And with regard to heritage, the ward councillor said: “This is a very important and valuable heritage asset – one of the best examples remaining within Wilmslow. The modern design of the pool house will compromise the architectural and historic integrity.”

Cllr Stockton also expresses concerns over the detrimental impact on highway safety ‘of yet another junction in very close proximity to other junctions, a pelican crossing, roundabout and hotel access’.

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