Planning consent secured for major mixed-use site in Cheshire

The Congleton site

National land promoter Richborough Estates has secured outline planning permission and a development partner for its major mixed-use scheme in Congleton, Cheshire, which will be capable of supporting around 500 jobs.

Clowes Developments, from Ednaston in Derbyshire, has exchanged contracts on the 55-acre site on the edge of Congleton.

The site, which was allocated in the Cheshire East Local Plan, forms part of the wider North Congleton Masterplan. The planning application was considered by strategic planning committee today (March 12) and was given the go ahead to proceed.

The mixed-use scheme comprises the 23-acre Viking Park which will form an extension to the well-established Congleton Business Park. Also included within the scheme proposals are the development of up to 175 homes, a park and wildlife corridors, plus a neighbourhood retail centre.

Access will be via the new Congleton Link Road, which is due to complete within weeks.

Nick Jones, regional director at Birmingham-based Richborough Estates, said: “We are thrilled to have secured planning permission and the sale to Clowes within just weeks of bringing the site to the market.

“This is set to be a really high quality scheme for people to live and work and supports Cheshire East’s aim of delivering employment-led growth, homes and community infrastructure. Congratulations to our landowner and all the team, including agents Savills, Legat Owen and Hinson Parry.”

Marc Freeman, director at Clowes Developments, said: “We are extremely excited about bringing this scheme forward and delivering a thriving new community with high quality homes and business space.

“We’re confident that development of the site located on the fringe of Congleton town will provide a number of economic benefits through the extensive commercial, employment, and residential uses.”

The site, one of the largest single employment development opportunities in East Cheshire, was brought to the market by Richborough Estates last December.

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