Pubs that have been derelict for more than 10 years could be turned into a new town centre development under major new proposals.
Former footballer Ashley Ward is behind plans to build new shops and social housing at the Macclesfield site of The Old King’s Head in Chestergate, and The Three Pigeons on King Edward Street.
Social landlord Peaks and Plains Housing Trust and Ashley Ward’s property company, Bilton Ward Developments, have joined forces to come up with the proposal for the site of the pub buildings and the wasteland between them.
Nigel Bennett, assistant director of partnerships at Peaks and Plains, said: “Traders at this end of Chestergate are worried about movement away. But our scheme takes attention back towards the top of town and extends the positive effects of regeneration.
“There will be new residents in the apartments to use the shops and restaurants. The plans are in a very early stage and we’re really keen to take on board everyone’s comments.
“We’re looking at three retail units and 40 apartments, but this could change following the consultation.
“We’re very excited about the opportunity to bring regeneration to this prominent location in Macclesfield.”
The development is expected to cost around £4 million and work would start at the end of this year if planning permission is given.
Jack Hallam, of estate agent Hallams, said: “This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity. The site has been derelict for years and if this doesn’t happen, it could stay like this.”