A Letter from Nantwich

January 2019                                                                                   

Gasworks site plan gets backing of council

A PLAN for a hotel, restaurants and apartments on the site of an unofficial - and unsurfaced - car park in the centre of Nantwich has received the backing of Nantwich Town Council.  

   The site was held in limbo for many years because of the condition of the land after many years as a gas works. But it was later cleared for use and a Sandbach development company,

 

   The hotel will face the River Weaver as it flows through Riverside and town centre, and the site will also include 31 apartments, restaurants and retail units. There will be car parking for the buildings on the site.

   At the moment the entrance to the land from Welsh Row is down a narrow alleyway, but this will be widened by the demolition of a former restaurant facing Welsh Row.

     Three Nantwich brothers, Messrs Schofield, are the driving force behind the development (see

 

below) and local architects Bower Edleston are the experts behind the design.

   To find out more about the venture, and to comment on the idea, visit the Cheshire East Council website, select the planning page, and type the application number 18/6313N in the appropriate box.

   The last date to submit a comment is February 15.

 

   THE ORIGINAL ITEM WRITTEN IN DECEMBER 2015

The former site of the gasworks now used as an unofficial car park off St Anne's Lane.

 

Left: The copse next to the car parking area is part of the site that is offered for sale. This is as it is seen from St Anne's Lane and St Anne's Court. The path on the right of the image leads to the bridge over the River Weaver.

 

Pictures: A Dabber's Nantwich

 

For more on the gasworks site - plus development plans for the Snow Hill car park - and information about Engine of the North, visit

http://www.engineofthenorth.co.uk/st-annes-lane-nantwich/

and  http://www.engineofthenorth.co.uk/snow-hill/

 

 

 

 

 

TWO gasometers - or gas holders - on the gasworks site on the bank of the River Weaver in 1938.

   Above these, to the top left of the image can be seen St Anne's Church and school with the Manse (the square building) above it.

   The future site of the Millfields housing estate is the field behind the Manse - in the top left of the image.

   Welsh Row arcs its way round the top right corner of the image, and just in from the right and a little more than half way up the image is the now-demolished Whitehall with its large garden behind it.  

   The image is the copyright of Historic England and supplied by Britain from Above (Aerofilms images). Strict reproduction and use conditions apply.

 

To access this picture, and others of Nantwich, on the

Britain from Above website click here

 

Civic Society calls for survey on car parks

  Hotel and apartments plan (Nantwich News website)

St Anne's Court  |   More pictures of Nantwich from the air  |   Whitehall

 

Footbridge over the River Weaver

 

                  A PLANNING PROPOSAL  FOR THE SITE                                                                                Comment by Dabber

THE well-known trio of Nantwich businessmen, the Schofield Brothers, are behind a plan to give the soil-surfaced, pot-holed, unofficial car park in St Anne's Lane a facelift in a spectacular way.

   Their plan - revealed at the November 9, 2015, meeting of Nantwich Town Council - includes a three-storey 20-bedroom hotel,  apartments, coffee shops, business units and a 100-space car park.

   To see just how spectacular this would be click on this link: Vision for Nantwich Ltd, and view the video. Be prepared to be amazed.

  The website content - one video and a brief comment - asks for "Like" votes as a guide to how popular the idea would be to townspeople - and to help the three men to decide whether to invest further money into the idea!

   The great plan for the site is matched by a great video, with just one possible quibble. I

 

would have liked there to be either a commentary or captions on the images.

   But, it is easy enough to see that a tree will be a feature of the Welsh Row end of the entry to the development - currently a fairly narrow Wych (not Wyche, gentlemen!) House Bank.

   The plans - submitted to Cheshire East Council in November 2016 - shows that the entrance road would be wider with the demolition of the Simply Thai restaurant. 

   The design of the hotel, a host of new buildings, ornate street lights and - in the drawings in the video - people enjoying walking in the area, all add to a great feeling about the site if the plan can be achieved.

   I didn't see the 100 car parking spaces which are said to be available in part to the public - and which would help to fill a gap in the car-parking provision in Nantwich but I have no doubt they will be there when the time comes.  

 

    This is how the River Weaver looks at the moment as it flows past the site before turning left towards the Welsh Row Bridge.

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