Knutsford Town Council took ownership of the Market Hall from Cheshire East Council in 2014. We recognised that the Market Hall is in need of investment to ensure its future viability. We initially looked to redevelop the Market Hall as a two-storey market, but on the advice of a 2017 survey this was discounted. We began looking at options to improve the Market Hall, initially looking at a simpler programme of refurbishment.
After speaking with architects, we realised that the site had great potential to provide much needed residential accommodation.
The proposal is to demolish the existing building creating a new ground floor Market Hall with four two bedroom apartments on the first and second floors. We’ll be providing a temporary trading space to ensure that all the market traders can continue in business throughout the works and be the first traders in the new Market Hall.
We are working with Knutsford based SiCa Architects. In April 2018 we consulted on the plans (sample images are above). Following feedback we have made a number of changes, including changing to red brick and reducing the size of one of the apartments. The plans have been updated and we are ready to apply for Planning Permission.
In January 2019 the Town Council paused the project.