Ingersley Clough Mill Ingersley Vale - what is happening?

Date: 27th August 2014
Published by: David Naylor

The derelict historic Ingersley Clough mill site in Ingersley Vale has been cleared of its previous industrial uses and has planning permission for 66 units of apartments and terraces. Construction was not started because of the financial crisis and then the developers ran into difficulties. The site was then sold to the Government's Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) two plus years ago. Nothing has happened on the site since - other than the shell of the old mill, which we hoped would be retained, has begun to collapse.
This seems tro be Government agency sitting on shovel-ready brownfield land with planning permission and apparently doing nothing to hasten development at the very time when the same Government is screaming for developers to get going. Meanwhile, Cheshire East Borough Council are planning to make tracts of green belt available to developers. This land is not listed on HCA's web site as being available for development

This is the reply from the HCA

We acquired the site in April 2013 and are committed to bringing the site forward to increase the supply of housing in Cheshire East. As the photograph attached shows, the former mill and other structures at the site are in relatively poor condition and as such our immediate focus was to undertake necessary estate management surveys/works to make the site safe.

From October 2013 onwards we have been actively preparing the site for disposal, including conducting necessary due diligence related to unregistered land and preparatory site investigation works. This has included instigating a dialogue with the local Planning Authority in relation to revised residential development proposals, in light of potential viability concerns linked to the existing scheme.

Iam pleased to advise that HCA has brought these works to a conclusion and on 22 March 2014 put the site to the market, working with Property Agents DTZ.

Expressions of Interest were requested from developers by 4 June 2014 and HCA's National Sales Team is currently reviewing those submissions with a view to securing the disposal and future development of the site in the near future.

I hope that this update provides comfort to both you and your constituent that HCA is proactively working to secure development activity at the lngersley Vale site.

Homes and Communities Agency
1 Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, M1 1RG

Thanks to Tim Boddington and David Rutley MP for securing this reply

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