Plans for mill conversion and new homes at Basford East submitted

Plans have been submitted to Cheshire East Council for a mixed-use and residential development at the heart of the Basford East Strategic Site.

A hybrid planning application for ‘The Millyard’ includes a detailed application for the conversion and extension of Crotia Mill Farm to create flexible commercial space; and an outline application for 13 new homes. A high-quality public space will also be created on the existing farmyard.

Initial proposals for the commercial space include office and co-working space. The flexible long-term application will also allow for other commercial uses with the intention of establishing new facilities as the Basford East Masterplan progresses. Proposals include shops, a café, bar/restaurant and a community venue.

Smith & Love Director, Graham Love, said “Crotia Mill has been owned by the Witter Family since 1892. The site sits at the heart of the Basford East Masterplan area and is the ideal location for a thriving community destination. The family are keen to retain and celebrate the historic mill farm whilst also creating modern fit for purpose facilities which will serve the emerging Basford East community.”

Work is set to begin on the wider masterplan later this year when Onward Homes begin the phased construction of almost 450 homes. Homes England is also set to deliver a further 325 homes on the site and Muse has put forward proposals for a 5,000 sq ft health centre, a 5,000 sq ft community centre, 25,000 sq ft of retail, and a 4,000 sq ft pub and restaurant.

Smith & Love submitted the planning application on behalf of The Witter Trust. Manchester-based Just H Architects produced the Design & Access Statement and plans, and Owen Land & Property are acting Project Managers.