Developer bids to build 44 retirement apartments on former site of Timperley church

An artist's impression of the apartments

The church as it was being demolished

First published in News Messenger Newspapers: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

DEVELOPERS have resubmitted a planning application to build 44 retirement apartments in Timperley – despite planners rejecting a similar scheme last year.


Churchill Retirement Living (CRL) wants to build the apartments on the site of the former St John the Baptist Church, on Thorley Lane, which was demolished last year following the removal of its listed status.


Churchill bought the church and its land in 2011 – but the building was quickly spot-listed by English Heritage following a petition by residents.


However, the listed status was removed in April 2013, a move which was welcomed by the priest of St Hugh of Lincoln, which amalgamated with St John the Baptist parish, as well as Timperley Civic Society.


Trafford planners rejected the initial scheme in December 2013 on the grounds that scale and height of the development would be unsympathetic, over-dominant and out of character with the residential area.


CRL have sought to address planners’ concerns by reducing the frontage width of the building, increasing the distance between the apartment building and neighbouring properties and altering the appearance of the building so it now resembles three linked buildings.


The proposed development will provide 44 one and two-bedroom apartments, including communal facilities, access, car parking and landscaping.


If planning permission is approved, the apartments will be sold with a lease containing an age restriction which ensures that only people aged 60 or over, or those over this age with a partner of at least 55, can live in the development.
 

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8:41am Thu 8 May 14

Altfish says...

Trafford Planners going against the wishes of the residents and locals!

What a surprise!
Trafford Planners going against the wishes of the residents and locals! What a surprise! Altfish
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4:11pm Thu 8 May 14

mms98 says...

we agree on this one dude
we agree on this one dude mms98
  • Score: -3

10:24am Fri 9 May 14

rockinrocky_robin says...

scale and height of the development would be unsympathetic, over-dominant and out of character with the residential area.

Love that, given the number of 3 and 4 storey buildings that have been erected on Deansgate Lane in the last 2-3 years
scale and height of the development would be unsympathetic, over-dominant and out of character with the residential area. Love that, given the number of 3 and 4 storey buildings that have been erected on Deansgate Lane in the last 2-3 years rockinrocky_robin
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10:48am Mon 12 May 14

Fuzzball says...

In response o the point above.

You have to remember that the Planning Department becomes a business when it says no. By this I mean it has to be able to defend itself against a strong and rich developer. In the good times, the Council has money to be brave. In today's climate they fear spending on court cases ans so they pick their battles carefully even if it means saying yes when they rather would not. Life is not always that simple. (For reference, I am not a Council employee)
In response o the point above. You have to remember that the Planning Department becomes a business when it says no. By this I mean it has to be able to defend itself against a strong and rich developer. In the good times, the Council has money to be brave. In today's climate they fear spending on court cases ans so they pick their battles carefully even if it means saying yes when they rather would not. Life is not always that simple. (For reference, I am not a Council employee) Fuzzball
  • Score: 2

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