Work under way on Macclesfield’s newest residential development

From left: Tom Williams (CPC Project Services), Justine Gore (Peaks & Plains), David Chilton, Mark Howden (Peaks & Plains), Nick Cumberland, John Hudson (Peaks & Plains), Steve Weir (Rowlinson)

Peaks & Plains Housing Trust has officially broken ground on its latest residential development – Crossings – creating 67 new homes in partnership with Homes England.

Comprising a mix of high-quality one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, the scheme will offer rent-to-buy, shared ownership and private rent options, available from late 2021, featuring contemporary internal and external areas of communal space designed for modern living.

Conveniently located just five minutes’ walk from Macclesfield train station, Crossings is surrounded by an array of shops, bars and restaurants that encapsulate the proud independent spirit of the town, on the doorstep of the vibrant Sunderland Street area.

The new development on this brownfield site has been aptly named after its location, spanning the River Bollin, sitting on a crossroads where the Cheshire plains meet the foothills of the Peak District, and will breathe new life into the former site of a derelict industrial mill.

Mark Howden, interim chief executive of Peaks & Plains Housing Trust, said: “Crossings is the cornerstone of our aspirations for the regeneration of Sunderland Street and the wider town centre, providing residents with the perfect mix of urban amenities in a beautiful rural setting.

“In partnership with Homes England we are extremely proud to be able to offer such premium tenures in affordable ways to rent and own.

“As a local Trust, it’s our job to recognise and respond to housing needs – both for local residents and for those looking for affordable living options.

“Crossings not only provides excellent commuter links to Manchester and London, but also an opportunity for high-quality living within a warm and welcoming community.”

Nick Cumberland, senior housing manager at Homes England, added: “Homes England is proud to be able to support this development, which will really help to kick-start the regeneration of a fantastic part of Macclesfield.

“It’s a really interesting scheme delivering a range of tenures and will give people access to high calibre accommodation in an attractive town centre location.”

In a bid to keep the supply chain local to the North West, Peaks and Plains has appointed Stockport-based contractor Rowlinson to develop the site.

The company has recently completed several schemes in the Macclesfield area for a mix of private clients, registered charitable organisations and social housing providers.

“As a local business, we know how eager people are to see progress on this site,” said David Chilton, Rowlinson managing director.

“Following the preparation and demolition, work is now starting in earnest to deliver these quality new homes. Rowlinson has a track-record in employing apprentices and using local suppliers wherever possible, making a valuable economic contribution to the communities in which we work,” he added.

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