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Village garage is set to remain as working site

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 05, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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A VILLAGE garage formerly occupied by a road haulage firm could be redeveloped.

Plans have been submitted to demolish the existing structure and redevelop the existing garage along with a new office extension at Mill House Garage in Macclesfield Road, Rushton Spencer.

The site, which fronts the Leek to Macclesfield Road, was the home for many years of road haulage company Moss and Lovatt, until 2011.

Now Will Nixon groundworks and civil engineers have applied to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to transform the site.

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A design and access statement produced on behalf of the applicant by MTC Planning and Design of Shropshire said: "The proposal seeks to redevelop the existing somewhat dilapidated storage shed into a modern, sustainable office unit with an adjacent storage bay.

"The whole site's frontage will be re-organised to include improvements to the existing and retained vehicle access way, provision of new car park areas and landscaping. The proposes building to be redeveloped is approximately 20 metres (65 feet) by 9.7 metres (31 feet).

"Currently the site is used by a ground work plant which principally uses the existing workshop to the rear of the site.

"There is a former office building and associated toilets that are both in a poor state of repair which offer no features worthy of retention.

"The principle existing storage unit to the front of the site is unused/vacant due to its poor state of repair, comprising of a considerable amount of defective brickwork and large sliding doors which are in poor condition.

"It is also likely to comprise of an asbestos roof covering.

"The building offers no features worthy of retention other than the overall impression of a large structure on the site.

"The proposal seek to demolish the former detached office and toilet structures, demolish the existing storage garage and rebuild a new storage unit with new office space.

"The new building is within the same footprint as the previous storage garage with a considered extension to one end of the redevelopment

"The proposals seek to enhance the general site and setting of the proposed storage unit and office space. In doing so, the appearance of the proposal will further enhance the overall appearance of the A523 and continue to maintain a well considered commercial presence in Rushton Spencer."

District councillor for the area, Norma Hawkins said: "I am happy that the site will remain commercial premises and that jobs could be brought into the village and wider area, which would be beneficial.

"All villages need some kind of commercial activity to provide employment as long as the roads are adequate."

A decision of the application is expected within the next eight weeks.

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