A Letter from Nantwich

Written in August 2016 : updated January 2017   

Care home plan for site of well-known hotel

A WELL-KNOWN Nantwich pub is to be become the site for a care home.

   The Red Lion in Barony Road, Nantwich, was going to be demolished and replaced by 21 homes, but - according to the Nantwich Chronicle of January 11 - developers LNR Care Developments have been given the go-ahead to build a 60-bed care home.

   The 21-homes plan was given permission after the brewery owners, Punch Taverns, decided it didn't want to keep it going. Cheshire East Council Southern Planning Committee agreed it could be demolished.

   That decision meant that a number of sporting clubs who had called the Red Lion their "home" would be without somewhere to meet. The clubs included Acton Nomads rugby club, two angling clubs, and a darts and dominoes team, and the pub was also the venue for quiz nights and housed a small gym.  


  The Nantwich Chronicle of August 10 said the  planning committee "reluctantly" approved the brewery's application after planners "could not find a reason to refuse it."  

   They came under fire from councillors for not putting more money into the pub, especially with a plan for 1,500 homes in the pipeline on the other side of Beam Bridge on the A51 road. See here.

   The brewery has been quoted as saying it would invest more money into the pub if it was better supported.

   The care home will be for people aged over 65 requiring residential and dementia care.

   A spokesperson for the developers said the home would provide 50 jobs and "a high quality resource for elderly people in the local community."

   Construction of the care home is planned to start in June with the date for completion around May 2018.  

Three housing sites provide town homes




New affordable homes (right) built on the former site of The Millfields pub - pictured below in 2008 when the building stood empty. The apartments and houses bring a brighter outlook to Blagg Avenue than the derelict site did.



IN close proximity, three housing developments are providing homes for new residents in Nantwich.

   One is older than the other two as work on the site of The Millfields pub was completed in December 2014. That one is Millfield Mews in Blagg Avenue on the Millfields housing estate.

   The January 8, 2014, edition of the Nantwich

Chronicle reported: "Work has begun on a £1.7million development that will see a ‘bomb site’ transformed into affordable housing."

   There were to be 12 two-bedroom homes and two one-bedroom apartments provided by Wulvern Housing Ltd of Crewe, a concern which manages more than 5,200 homes in Nantwich, Crewe, and surrounding villages.

   Crewe-based contractors Lothlorian were brought in to transform the site into homes. (See this letter).

   The project had been awarded grant funding of £308,000 through the Homes and Communities Agency’s Affordable Homes Guarantee Programme.

       The Mews stands on the site of The Millfields


 pub (above left), which was featured on this page.

    There was a pond where the pub cellar had been which some feared might be a danger to children despite being fenced in.


A SINGLE-road development with two names now stands on what was an empty green area between Marsh Lane and the Shropshire Union Canal.

   The road is Canalside Close and the development

 is Water's Edge - both apt names.

   Built by Elan Homes, the development has 13 properties - although there is no No 13, so the first house you see is No 14.

   The town side is bounded by individual houses - one more than the last time I was in that area - and the other end has a children's playground - which Elan renovated - next to it.

   But, much of the green area remains to give a pleasant spot in the area.

   There is a path between the homes and the playground which gives access to the canal towpath.


TWO well-known house builders are creating Malbank Waters further along Marsh Lane at the junction with Queen's Drive, next to the canal bridge.

   Standing on Fields Farm land, it is a "consortium site" with the builders responsible for their own areas - or compounds as a sign says.

   A Bovis Homes spokesperson said they were currently working on phase 2 of the development, involving 134 homes, with 45 left to build and sell at the time of writing this. And there could be a third phase.

   The Barratt Homes website draws the attention of prospective buyers to "the idyllic charm and rural beauty of the Cheshire countryside at Malbank Waters."

   Indeed, the west side of the site is bounded by the Shropshire Union canal and overlooks fields in the adjacent farmland area of Ravensmoor.


lFOOTNOTE: Facts and comments in this feature are not intended as an advertisement for any of the developments.

Wulvern Housing | Elan Homes | Bovis Homes | Barratt Homes | Other developments (this page)






A new development of homes off Marsh Lane with a rear aspect of the Shropshire Union canal. The road is Canalside Close, the development is Water's Edge















This view of canal boats shows the Water's Edge homes to the right.







Right: Just one part of Malbank Waters, a new housing development off Queen's Drive under construction in August 2016.







Below left are homes on the west of the development which overlook the canal and fields. While below right is the view from the development as two boats pass on the canal.


    The site plan as shown on the Barratt Homes website                                                                           A block of apartments


Just look how many new developments there have been


Castle Court | The Cedars | Chapel Court | Chapel Mews | Chatterton House | Cheshire Cheese site | Fairfax Court | Imperial Court | Keepers Chase (the homes on the old Nantwich Town FC ground) | Kensington Court | Kingfisher Park | Kingsley Village (several streets) | Lyndale Court | Mansion Gardens | The Orchards | Regents Park | Sand Martins | Sleeper's Point | St Anne's Court | Stapeley Gardens | Swallowfields | Welsh Row (development name not the street) | Wellington House (JobCentre site) | Wlbraham Court.  Please note that when a development is completely sold out, the item about the homes is removed from the developer's website. But they have still been listed here so that website visitors can find out who built the development


Other features: 550 homes of college-owned land | Eighty new addresses in 10 years | Homes behind former public house site | Plan for homes on walled garden


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