A major scheme to revitalise Macclesfield town centre will move a step closer later this month as ground investigations are undertaken on the proposed site at Churchill Way car park.
The move follows an agreement by Cheshire East Council to sell the car park to Ask Real Estate to deliver a leisure-led scheme featuring a six-screen cinema and restaurants.
The outline proposals also envisage a retail unit and café pod, designed around an area of public realm.
Boreholes and trial pits will be undertaken by Ask later this month.
Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East cabinet member in charge of regeneration, says: “It’s excellent to see this project continuing to take significant steps forward towards delivering on our promise to the people of Macclesfield.
“We have said that we will regenerate the town and increase footfall for the benefit of retailers and businesses and this is another key stage of that process.
“This council is fully committed to seeing this exciting regeneration project move forward towards a successful planning application and delivery for the people of Macclesfield.”
Cllr Ainsley Arnold, cabinet member for housing and planning, who has been working closely with the regeneration team on projects within the town, adds: “I’m delighted that progress is being made towards delivering a scheme with the potential to significantly enhance the town centre offer.”
Macclesfield council is already pursuing a number of other regeneration initiatives in the town centre.
Capital funding of £1 million has been earmarked for enhancing the public realm. Improvements have already been delivered to the Gas Road underpass area, Middlewood Way and Sparrow Park.
A further shop-front grant scheme, this time for properties around the south end of Mill Street, will be launched shortly.