Handforth – Earl Road

  • A vacant 6.25 hectare site adjacent to M&S and Tesco at Handforth Dean
  • Phased development of a new landmark shopping park
  • Phase 1 already delivered – Next opened its Home and Garden store in November 2016, creating 160 new jobs
  • Phase 2 and 3 would deliver – 240,000 sq ft new retail units, restaurants, drive thru’s and cafes
  • Creation of 920 (FTE) jobs with a further 400 during construction



The site is part of the former MU61 military storage facility which, apart from a brief period when it was used as airport car parking, has been vacant for many years. The site was marketed by CBRE in 2014 and in 2015, Cheshire East Council chose Alderley Edge based Consolidated Property Group (CPG), as the preferred developer.


Engine of the North has worked closely with CPG to develop a mixed-use retail and leisure scheme on the site. The first phase has been successfully delivered and a planning application for the next two phases was submitted to Cheshire East Council in January 2016.


What are the benefits of the Earl Road project?


  • The entire development provides £140 million investment into the area, bringing a vacant, derelict site back into economical use.
  • At present, around £500 million of retail spending leaks out from this part of Cheshire East each year. This development would help to keep some of this spending in the local economy.
  • The project would make a £3.5 million investment into local infrastructure, including highways improvements to the A34, street and environmental improvements in Macclesfield town centre and tree planting and ecological improvements in the Dean Valley.
  • Around 920 permanent and 400 temporary new jobs would be created, most of them recruited locally. This equates to over half of the Council’s annual target for new employment.
  • The developers are committed to work with the local authority to ensure that local people benefit from the job and training opportunities created.


What’s happening now?


On 24 May 2017, Cheshire East Council’s Strategic Planning Board resolved to grant planning permission. The Secretary of State has decided to call-in the application and this will now be the subject of a public inquiry.

Where can I find out more?

0800 198 1235


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