The Swan, Mereside Road, Bucklow Hill, Knutsford WA16 6RD; The Swan, Mereside Road, Bucklow Hill, Knutsford;

The Swan, Mereside Road, Bucklow Hill, Knutsford WA16 6RD

Development, Healthcare, Leisure & Hotels, Other, Residential, Site

Cheshire, Knutsford

38,858 Sq ft

For Sale / Freehold

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The Opportunity

Freehold hotel, restaurant and public house with potential for a number of alternative uses including residential, care or retirement living.


Planning Policy

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 affordable housing.

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.

Bucklow Hill, Knutsford WA16 6RD, UK