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Retirement village for over 55s earmarked for pub site
A RETIREMENT village will replace a pub on Mobberley Road if its new owners get the go-ahead from council planners.
The Oaks on Mobberley Road shut its doors for good in June after its owners Punch Taverns sold the building to property developers.
It was put on the market in November 2012 at a price of £450,000, but Punch managed to sell the building for £300,000 later than month to Lancashire-based Oak Tree (Construction Design and Management), according to official land registry documents.
Homeowners on Mobberley Road, Merriman Avenue and Leigh Avenue were then invited to a ‘pre-application’ consultation event on Friday, July 19, where they were given a first look at the plans to convert the site into a retirement village.
A document delivered through the doors of residents states the pub was sold to Leigh-based Platinum Projects Europe Ltd and the company plans to build a retirement development for over 55s on the site.
However, a planning application has yet to be submitted to Cheshire East Council.
During the consultation event the company revealed two proposals, one for a 20-apartment block including pool area, communal lounge, garden area and gym, with the other being an 18-apartment option with the same extras.
The number of apartments has now been reduced to 14 following feedback from neighbours.
In a letter to Knutsford Town Council, Alexis de Pol, from Preston-based planning consultants De Pol Associates, said the feedback received from the consultation event was ‘positive in terms of the principle of a retirement scheme’.
“Such a use was considered preferable to the former public house and possible alternative uses for the site,” she added.
“Some concerns were expressed, which focused mainly on the scale of the apartment building, and in particular the fact that it took the form of a single large building.
“In response to this feedback the scheme has been amended and shows four separate, smaller two-storey apartment blocks with screened roof garden terraces.
“These still comprise one- and two-bedroom self-contained apartments, and will still have a communal lounge, pool area/gym etc, but the number of apartments has fallen to 14.
“This alternative option has been shown to those residents who attended the consultation event, who have indicated this is preferable to the previous scheme.”
At the latest planning committee meeting of Knutsford Town Council on Monday, August 5, members decided they would not comment on the information received from Platinum Projects Europe Ltd until it had submitted its final planning application to Cheshire East Council.
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