I PACED out this piece of land as (very
roughly) 15 yards by 40 yards - that's 600 square yards - and yet this
is where property developers want to erect a four-storey block of 10
be interesting to see how the block turns out - assuming it gets the
go-ahead. The site is behind No 5 Chapel
Court in Hospital Street.
The council's planning officers
were all for approval, but Nantwich Town Council, Nantwich Civic Society
and nearby residents were opposed.
Reported in the Nantwich
Chronicle of July 25, Muller Property Holdings said their plans "make
the best and
most efficient use of an under-developed brownfields site
The entry passageway to Le Cafe de Paris
as seen from Hospital Street
New idea for site
THE car park was eventually bought by the
adjacent Nantwich Methodist Church in Hospital
Street. It is used by permit holders in the week
and, with another car park owned by the church,
for church members at weekends. See
in Nantwich town centre" and "promotes its vitality".
. . .?
Until the near gale force winds
which hit the area earlier this year, the site was fenced off (from the
Morrison's superstore and car park) by a tall, black-painted hoarding
fence on which were photographs of another of Muller's developments.
A couple of years ago,
word spread that the site was to be used as a car park for residents of
nearby Chatterton House in Hospital Street. Well, nearby on foot that
is. It would be quite a drive around town to reach the car park - ending
up driving down a narrow unmade track (right) in front of Grocott's Row,
a row of terraced houses.
But it wasn't long after the car park
idea made the rounds that others
heard it was, in fact, earmarked for homes.
Given that there is hardly any
space for an apartment block (in my inexpert opinion) there will not be
any room for car parking space - unless this is provided UNDER the block - as at
another nearby development (See Letter102.htm).
Where it is sited, the land
would make a nice little car park for the coffee shop, Le Cafe de Paris
in Hospital Street (left). That's at the far end of the site as seen in
the picture at the top of page.
The Hospital Street Methodist
Schoolrooms - to the left of it (top picture) or to the right of the street
scene (left) - might also like it.
have heard (2007) that the Methodist Church authorities have now sold their
church building across Hospital Street (see this
Letter) and will be using the money to convert the schoolrooms as a
joint-use building. The site for the proposed
flats would make a
useful location for an extension for their premises.
new owner of the church building is generously allowing the Methodists
to use the church until January 2009, I understand.
UPDATE: In March 2009 it was reported
by Regenesis had been withdrawn. It was reported at the
March 5 meeting of Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council Development
Control Committee. In March 2016, the church building is still standing