Freehold hotel, restaurant and public house with potential for a number of alternative uses including residential, care or retirement living.
The Swan, Mereside Road, Bucklow Hill, Knutsford WA16 6RD
The site is located within the jurisdiction of Cheshire
East Borough Council in the County of Cheshire and
falls within Flood Zone 1 (low risk of flooding). The site
does not fall within a conservation area and contains
no listed buildings or protected trees.
The site lies within the greenbelt and an Area of
Special County Value; however its ‘brownfield’
status suggests that a redevelopment of the site to
alternative uses is likely to be acceptable in principle.
Additionally the site is in an accessible location, off
Mereside Road / Chester Road, which suggests that
through undertaking a well-designed scheme that
would have no greater impact on the greenbelt than
the existing buildings, the site offers an opportunity for
significant new development. The hotel and existing
buildings on site collectively provide a significant
volume of existing development which will assist in
a change of use application.
Cheshire East Borough Council planning policy
states that a new housing scheme of 11 dwellings
or more on this site would trigger a requirement for
30% of the units to be affordable, subject to viability.
However, the Council has previously accepted the
principle of vacant building credit for affordable
housing. Therefore if vacant building credit was
applied, there would be a possibility to provide zero
A full planning appraisal and architectural feasibility
study are available to view on the data room.
The site is offered for sale freehold registered under Title Number CH593868.
The vendor will provide vacant possession of the property by February 2020 at the latest.
Method of sale
Offers are invited for the freehold interest via an informal tender process on an unconditional or conditional (subject to planning) basis.
Potential purchasers will be notified of the closing date for offers. Further information including the bid proforma will be made available on the data room.