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Cheshire retail park plans rejected

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Image caption The developers said the retail park would have "no significant adverse impact on Macclesfield town centre", but the plans were still rejected

Plans to build a new retail park on the edge of a Cheshire town centre have been rejected amid concerns it may endanger major regeneration plans.

Cheshire East councillors were told the proposals for Macclesfield would have an "adverse impact" on plans to redevelop the nearby town centre.

MP David Rutley called the plans "disappointing".

Developer Cedar Invest said the retail park would bring "wider regeneration benefits".

Harry Spawton, from the firm, told a council meeting their proposals for retail units and a large car park would improve the "dilapidated" Barracks Mill site, 300m from the town's main shopping streets.

'Distraction'

The former factory site was damaged by a fire in 2004 and has since remained derelict.

Mr Spawton added the plans would have "no significant adverse impact on Macclesfield town centre", and would create jobs.

The decision was made seven months after Cheshire East Council announced a major scheme to build a cinema and restaurants on the site of a car park in the town centre.

The authority's director for Macclesfield regeneration, Jo Wise, wrote to planning officials warning the proposals could "undermine" local regeneration plans.

Ms Wise said "I am extremely concerned that this development could have a significant adverse impact on the vitality and viability of Macclesfield town centre".

Mr Rutley spoke out against the retail park before the decision was made, writing: "This is a distraction and potentially could impact on progress made in the town centre."

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