Silk Street Proposals Will Revitalise Macclesfield
February 13, 2013
Proposals for the regeneration of Macclesfield will boost the
town centre’s leisure and cultural offer, greatly enhance its
public open spaces and help showcase local heritage.
The Silk Street development would create more than 1,300 jobs.
The scheme features a Debenhams department store and 19 larger
stores. But the scheme is about much more than providing
The £90m proposals include a hi-tech multiplex cinema,
restaurants, a new public open space, known as ‘Mulberry Square’, a
children’s recreation area off Exchange Street, known as ‘Roe
Square’, high-quality streetscape design, as well as new ‘green
screen’ multi-storey car parking to help make the town centre more
The plans are seen as the crucial keystone for the wider
regeneration of Macclesfield.
The proposed Silk Street scheme aims to help make the town
centre a magnet for local families and visitors from far and wide –
not just for shopping at top-brand stores and our diverse quality
independent shops, but also to relax and spend the day and evening.
As part of this vision, the Council has already allocated £250,000
for public realm improvements, focusing on the traditional heart of
the town centre around Market Place, Chestergate and Mill
The Silk Street scheme incorporates improvements to highways and
pedestrian routes as well as to the public realm outside the site’s
boundary, including houses on Roe Street.
Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cabinet member in charge of prosperity and
economic regeneration, said: “The Macclesfield Town Centre Vision
and the proposed Silk Street scheme have a shared vision and
ambition – strengthening the historic market quarter, encouraging a
cultural silk quarter, growing a high-quality central retail
quarter as well as showcasing and supporting the town’s distinctive
heritage assets and open spaces.
“We all want a distinctive and vibrant town centre with an
attractive mix of shops, markets, leisure activities and culture.
We also want exciting local events – such as the Treacle Market and
Barnaby festival – and an attractive town environment to draw in
visitors and bring the community together.
“The Silk Street proposals are the keystone for a wider scheme
to greatly enhance the town as a visitor destination and unlock its
great potential. The public realm is the glue that binds together
the old and the new in the town.
“It’s about enhancing the leisure and cultural offer and
showcasing our rich local heritage assets – such as the silk
Heritage centre and market place – to attract local people and
visitors from across the region and beyond.
“Despite having an attractive historic town centre, many
independent shops and a relatively-affluent local population,
Macclesfield is not fulfilling its potential. And it is losing out
to rival centres as a place to visit and spend money.
“In order to thrive in a shifting market, town centres have to
provide people with a high-quality environment with an attractive
blend of culture, leisure and shops – including a wide variety of
“The Silk Street proposal would be the vital piece in the jigsaw
to deliver this vision.”
The design of the proposed new public realm areas will reflect
and enhance the existing character of the town centre.
‘Mulberry Square’ has been designed to create a focus for the
development to greatly improve the setting of the Heritage Centre.
The square would be landscaped to offer a flexible space for both
informal gatherings and formal activities.
New retail units would frame the eastern side of the square and
a café pavilion would be located on the north side. Enhanced
pedestrian links on Exchange Street and the new Shuttle Walk via
Roe Square would provide an improved connection to Mill Street.
A new leisure quarter would be created on Water Street car park
with a cinema and adjoining family-friendly restaurants on a new
terrace. A new terrace of 10 houses at the rear of the cinema would
help screen the multiplex and improve the streetscape.
If approved, it is estimated the scheme would boost spending in
Macclesfield town centre by an estimated £40m by 2016 and be a
catalyst for revitalising the town’s prosperity.
Currently, 94 per cent of the comparison goods retail spending
of the Macclesfield catchment area takes place outside the town
Wilson Bowden has submitted revised plans for the Silk Street
development – which are now undergoing six weeks of public
consultation. The formal consultation period runs until February
A Cheshire East Council Planning Officer will be available at
Macclesfield Town Hall to answer queries on the application from
12.30pm-1.30pm daily during the formal consultation period, by
appointment only. To book an appointment, ring 0300 123 5014.
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