Former Macclesfield pub to be converted into flats

The building that once housed a pub in Macclesfield will now be transformed to feature nine individual bedsits and one three-bedroom apartment. Previously known as the Barnfield, the former pub based at 24 Catherine Street was purchased back in 2014 by Peter Houston when it closed its doors.

The new development has obtained full approval of Cheshire East Council planners, although Houston had already obtained consent to convert the building into a smaller number of flats from a previous planning application. After handling some renovation work himself, he let the property to lodgers, but the local council then requested that Houston applied for a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) license.

Professional architects in Macclesfield often work alongside developers, helping them to streamline designs to meet requirements of local authorities. Architects can also assist with planning applications by acting as agents on behalf of developers and homeowners alike, navigating what can sometimes be a complicated process.

A report was submitted alongside the recent planning application for the Barnfield conversion to help its case. It stated that the development would result in potential economic benefits for the area and would cause no adverse effect on the local area’s character. The report added that it would help increase Macclesfield’s housing supply and comprise an “effective use of previously developed land”.

While the report admitted that it wasn’t a scheme designed to create employment, it stated that the project would present construction jobs for the community.

Posted by Mark
March 15, 2021

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