Landscaper helping to transform derelict pub in Green Belt project

Proposed Stamford Arms development

Specialist landscape architect practice Land Studio is part of a project team working to transform a derelict pub into a series of bespoke family homes.

The Stamford Arms pub in Little Bollington, near Altrincham, has been closed for nearly a decade. It has been granted planning approval by Cheshire East Council to be refurbished.

Land Studio, which has offices in Cheshire and North Wales, is working with Novo Property Group on the development.

Almost 18 months in the making, the proposals for this sensitively located heritage site within the Cheshire Green Belt, will see the restoration and conversion of the former public house into nine affordable apartments, the conversion and restoration of the stable block and coach houses into five mews cottages, as well as four new bespoke family homes on the former car park.

They have all been designed by award-winning Altrincham base Project 3 Architects.

As part of the planning application, Novo worked with Land Studio to minimise any impact on the Green Belt site’s existing established trees and hedgerows.

Simon Richards

Simon Richards, founder and director of Land Studio, said: “Green Belt is one of the highest levels of designation land can be given. We carried out a detailed Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment to identify the predicted impacts of the proposed scheme on the environment from 12 possible viewpoint locations in both summer and winter.

“We also demonstrated how the new development could be an improvement on the existing derelict site and how new more appropriate planting would help have a positive impact on the surrounding landscape character, the North Cheshire Green Belt and nearby Dunham Massey, itself a Site of Special Scientific Interest.”

He added: “We’re proud that the site has received planning permission and work will soon be under way to restore the Stamford Arms buildings for a sustainable future.”

Once complete, all nine apartments in the main refurbished pub building are going to be available to buy as shared ownership products representing 50% of the total units. Importantly, these apartments will be offered to Little Bollington residents first.

A spokesperson for Novo Property Group, said: “The Stamford Arms is a building of significant local interest, which is located at the gateway to the village.

“The importance of the building has always been at the forefront of our minds throughout this process, and we can’t wait to get started on returning it to its former glory so Little Bollington can once again be proud of this special building.”