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