Place strategy

Part of Cheadle Royal Hospital to become homes

Developer AM7 Group has submitted plans to Stockport Council to demolish a former nurses’ housing block to make way for a 27-house neighborhood known as the Royal Quarter.

The nurses’ block, which has lain derelict for more than 25 years, is located on a brownfield site close to the second-listed Cheadle Royal Hospital and within the eponymous conservation area.

It was built in 1937 and served as the hospital until the mid-1980s.

AM7’s redevelopment proposals include the creation of 27 three-, four- and five-bedroom homes on the three-acre site. In addition, a new access route will be created to the Quartier Royal from the nearby Hospice Sainte-Anne.

It is hoped that the redevelopment of the site will put an end to anti-social behavior on the ground, according to the developer.

The scheme has a gross development value of £11.8 million according to a viability assessment by Roger Hannah.

Anique Chohan, AM7 Group Director, said: “We have worked diligently to produce a scheme that is not only sensitive to its previous state, but is in line with what residents and local elected officials hope to see.

“Cheadle is home to a thriving and vibrant community, and we hope this development will meet the growing demand for the housing shortage that Stockport Council is facing.”

The program has a gross development value of £11.8 million. Credit: Pozzoni Architecture

Pozzoni Architecture designed the project and NJL Consulting is the planning consultant.

“While the old structure of the Nurses’ House must be demolished to make the site safe, we have been careful to incorporate many of its unique features into the design of the new houses,” said Jamie Wood, Director of Pozzoni .

“We also listened carefully to the feedback we received during the pre-application stages. Accordingly, we have introduced several features that will enhance the design of the site, including open spaces and shared play areas at the heart of the proposal, a wildlife corridor and a landscaping strategy to include enhanced tree planting.

Rachel White, Senior Consultant at NJL Consulting, added: “We believe the scheme will enable much needed development in Stockport and utilize a brownfield site which has been in need of regeneration for many years.

“The consulting team worked hard to meet the constraints of the site and create a project that truly responds to the locality, features high quality design and responds positively to the surrounding heritage assets.”