RESIDENTS of Handbridge are split over plans to convert a former bank site into a residential development.
Last week the Chronicle revealed Redrow was in the process of buying Lloyds Banking Group’s former base on the site of the former MOD Western Command Centre overlooking the Dee.
It is believed Redrow would like to pursue a residential scheme, not a hotel, which was the alternative proposal suggested when the site was being marketed.
Website Handbridge.com has conducted a residents’ survey asking what their preferred option is for the future of the site.
The results show that opinion is evenly divided between the housing (43%) and hotel options with a slight preference towards a hotel (48%).
Less than 1 in 10 of the 119 respondents said they would prefer the site to continue as offices and nobody wanted it to be converted into an educational establishment.
Neither Lloyds nor Redrow will discuss the sale which comprises Capital House and Bridge House.
But it is understood Redrow has had pre-planning application discussions with Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning department, although the sale is not completed. It is unlikely any formal announcement will be made for several months.
One local developer told the Chronicle that anyone developing the scheme for residential use may wish to thin out the trees in front of the building to open up the views of the Dee which could prove controversial. However, the site lies within a conservation area and it is unlikely the necessary permission to remove any trees which would be granted.
Redrow was founded in 1974 by businessman Steve Morgan, 58, of Carden Hall, Clutton, who also owns football club Wolverhampton Wanderers.