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Kings School Development

The King’s School Public Consultation

Hillcrest Homes is inviting Macclesfield residents to have their say on a draft proposal for a new development of luxury homes to be built on The King’s School’s Cumberland Street site when the school moves to new premises in 2020.

As part of its public consultation process, the award winning luxury homebuilder is staging an exhibition where plans will be on display for the public to view. Representatives from Hillcrest Homes and its design team will be on hand to talk about the proposal, answer questions and collect feedback. The feedback will be used to influence the final design proposal, which will be submitted for planning in February.

The exhibition will take place on Thursday 31st January from 4.30pm until 7.30pm at The King’s School on Cumberland Street in Macclesfield.

The King’s School’s Cumberland Street site is currently occupied by the oldest of the 500-year-old independent school’s buildings: a 19th century Grade II listed building, formerly the main school and now a library, and an early 20th century main school building built. These buildings are visible through ornate iron gates across an immaculately kept cricket green and are widely admired as a local landmark.

Hillcrest was founded in Cheshire in 1985 and has established a reputation for delivering high quality residential design that is in keeping with a development’s location. Hillcrest would like to restore the period buildings for sensitive redevelopment into attractive luxury apartments and provide high quality new build homes, designed specifically for the site, around the existing cricket pitch, retaining a large part of the green.

The new scheme is being delivered in partnership with The King’s School and is being led by Hillcrest’s Managing Director, James Payne.

Says James, “It’s a privilege to have been entrusted with such an important site. The buildings are steeped in history and are held in high esteem by local residents and current and former staff and pupils. It is not in our nature, as a business or individuals, to disregard this heritage. By giving them a new lease of life as high quality homes, we aim to prolong their history, King’s legacy and our own whilst creating an inspirational place for people to live and thrive.

“Community engagement is an important part of our design process and we’re committed to taking on board the opinions of those who live or work locally or who have a special interest in the site. We urge as many people as possible to come along to the exhibition, view the proposals and provide their input, either by talking to a member of our team or by writing to us,” he adds.

Cumberland Street is one of three sites being sold by The King’s School to help fund the development of a pioneering new 80-acre educational facility for children aged from pre-school to sixth form. The state-of-the-art new campus is scheduled for completion in late Spring 2020, at which time the current school sites will be released for housing.

Says Dr Simon Hyde, Headmaster of The King’s School, “It was very important to us that our chosen development partner for the historic Cumberland Street site would approach it with sensitivity and respect. Hillcrest has demonstrated its ability to deliver residential schemes that serve the requirements of residents whilst protecting the aesthetics of their location to benefit the wider community; both now and in the future. Their plans for the site are very exciting.”

The Public Exhibition will take place on Thursday 31st January from 4.30pm until 7.30pm at The King’s School, Cumberland Street, Macclesfield SK10 1DA. Visitors are being asked to report to the main reception on arrival.