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Macclesfield football stadium plan gets go-ahead

Planners have given Wilson Bowden the green light to build a new football stadium in Macclesfield.

Cheshire East Council gave the scheme, which also includes a cinema, the thumbs up after 10 months of consultations with locals and business owners.

The approval came after people living in the area said they were happy about the development going ahead.

The new stadium will be built on the South Macclesfield Development Area (SMDA) between Congleton Road and London Road.

It is thought that both that area and the town centre will be regenerated by the scheme.

Backing this up are the plans for a new cinema, a department store and a multi-storey car park.

Rail links will also receive a boost under the plans, and new roads will be built that should help reduce congestion.

“This is a good example of try, try and try again. We have made mistakes but there is agreement now about how we are going about it. It’s good for Macclesfield - at last the vision is beginning to look like a reality,” council leader Wesley Fitzgerald said.

Cheshire East will now go back to Wilson Bowden with the revised scheme, with separate consultations scheduled for early 2011.

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