MYSTERY surrounds the future of a controversial redevelopment scheme for an award winning butchery and restaurant business.
Standish based Noel Chadwicks Limited won approval for a controversial “food store” development on its historic High Street site after a bruising planning battle during which a local councillor claimed the firm were trying to “foist a mini Galleries” on the village.
But months after the council finally gave planning approval there are no signs of a start on the development – or a clue from Chadwicks about whether it is still intending to proceed.
The firm suggested that questions about the project be put to them by email but have subsequently declined to respond to the Evening Post’s communications.
Its architect for the plan, Maze Planning Solutions. said that having guided the proposal through to planning approval, it no longer had any involvement.
The scheme proposes to flatten all existing buildings on the prime site, which has, in the past been linked with both Booths, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.
But who the eventual operator of the development will be – or whether it will still be Chadwicks itself – isn’t yet known. It is believed that approaching 40 jobs are currently tied up in the entire Chadwick operation.
In its place the butchers now have approval to build a new foodstore – they deny it will be a supermarket – on their existing site of 25,028ft sq floorspace, together with parking for 150 cars.
It will have a new High Street access.