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Cabinet approval for £1.4m Macclesfield town centre improvements

Proposed £1.4 million improvements to Macclesfield town centre have been approved by Cheshire East Council’s cabinet.

The local authority will now look for a contractor for the public realm works to enhance Castle Street (pictured).

Widened footways to facilitate ‘alfresco’ outdoor eating areas and give greater priority to pedestrians feature in the plans.

New street furniture, high quality paving, lighting and creative elements such as bespoke text art along the kerbline are also in the designs, along with some tree planting.

The move to introduce more greenery is, however, severely constrained due to the number of utility services supplying the area.

The council hopes the works, along with the street’s recently opened TK Maxx store, will encourage further investment in neighbouring private property such as Craven House.

Following approval at yesterday’s (4 December) cabinet meeting Councillor Ainsley Arnold, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for housing, planning and regeneration, says: “I am delighted to see the scheme on Castle Street progressing but equally delighted to see interest from the private sector in Macclesfield town centre. This decision follows the recent granting of planning permission for the change of use of the Picturedrome on Chestergate to an Altrincham Market-style venue for artisan food stalls and refreshments.

“I sincerely hope that the team behind Altrincham Market progress with their proposals for the Picturedrome, as their track record of delivering bespoke developments, which breathe new life into heritage assets and provide something unique and highly desirable, is absolutely proven – as is the impact such developments can have in assisting town centre regeneration.

“Macclesfield town centre is performing well, when compared with many places. This development will, alongside the work currently under way on the Macclesfield strategic regeneration framework, help to enhance what we already have in our town.”