Macclesfield town centre regeneration

Macclesfield town centre, like other town centres across the country, has suffered as a result of changing shopping habits, online retailing, and competition from out of town retail provision. It is now recognised that town centres need to be much more than the traditional model of a predominantly retail offer. Cheshire East Council are committed to the revitalisation of Macclesfield town centre in a way that captures its heritage, creativity and innovation.

Despite the many pressures on public sector resources, a number of town centre schemes have already been delivered by the Council in the town centre in the last few years. These include a public realm enhancement in:

  • Sparrow Park; repairs to St. Michael’s church wall to improve the character of Market Place
  • the repair and opening of Step Hill
  • upgrading of the Silk Road underpass
  • phase two of the successful shop front grant scheme is nearing completion with a focus on the Lower Mill Street area of the town
  • a major public realm improvements scheme for Castle Street is now at the commissioning stage

Moreover, there are lots of signs of private sector confidence in Macclesfield town centre. The £11million investment in expanding the Grosvenor Centre, plans for a new store at Park Green, town centre living schemes, including turning Craven House into apartments with associated facilities, and the new food and beverage market for the Picturedrome which could be a real game-changer for Macclesfield.

The recently approved Macclesfield Town Centre Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF) will guide the future sustainable success and regeneration of Macclesfield Town Centre. It sets out a clear vision, objectives and spatial framework for regeneration; provides a credible platform for engaging with local communities and stakeholders; and, in articulating the Council’s long-term commitment to Macclesfield, provides the development sector with the confidence and certainty needed to bring forward investment, jobs and economic growth.

You can see more information on individual regeneration projects and the development of the Strategic Regeneration Framework for the Town Centre on the pages in this section.