Stop press from Area Committee meeting 11/12/19Last night at the Marple Area Committee meeting the application for building seven houses and converting the wharf building to community use was rejected by the five councillors for Marple. Andrew Moorhouse spoke against the application on behalf of the society, and a team of five from the developers and the Community Interest Company spoke in favour.
The principal reasons for the councillors rejecting the application were parking and traffic congestion issues, pointing out that very little had changed since the previous application to address these same issues.
Just to reiterate from previous posts, the Society supports in every way the proposal by the Wharf Project to bring to life a historic building for community purposes linked to the Marple canal heritage. It is hoped now that the Canal and Rivers Trust will reconsider its approach and bring forward a proposal that ensures the Wharf Project proceeds but with sufficient parking and appropriate regard for the heritage value of the whole wharf area.
Further details of the meeting (including video recording of the proceedings) can be found on the Council's website here.