Enough is Enough. Promote the development of the ‘Cheadle Royal Nurses Home’ site.

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Problem
The Cheadle Royal Nurses Home is located approximately 150m to the west of the main Cheadle Royal Hospital building. Built in 1937 it is a large brick structure initially used as accommodation for hospital staff. It ceased being used in the mid 1980’s and since then the empty building has progressively fallen into a state of ever increasing poor repair.

Over many years it has become a magnet for vandalism, anti-social behaviour and fly tipping. It is a gathering place for young people, for substance abuse, arson and other nefarious and criminal behaviour.
It has been the cause of multiple call outs for the fire service and the local police team. Local residents in close and adjacent properties have been subjected to the risk of fire damage to their own properties and the presence of frightening, intimidating and unlawful behaviour. The use of neighbouring residential gardens during summer months is seriously curtailed by the regular presence of trespassers on the site and often associated foul and obnoxious language.
To add insult to injury; and for some unknown reason, this dilapidated building has acquired a national reputation for being a ‘haunted house’! It now attracts significant numbers of adults at nighttime; some of them spending all night on the site and within the building, resulting in voices and flashlights presenting an unnerving backdrop to the local residents.

The site was first sold to a private concern with the intention that it should be developed for private housing. Despite the apparent need and pressure for local housing, this prime brown-field site remains undeveloped. It has changed hands on several occasions and there now appears to be a stalemate with no meaningful planning proposal in sight. Meanwhile the site further deteriorates into a decaying and dangerous state.

This 30 year history of stalemate and misery must end. This is an eyesore, a danger and a blight on the landscape. It is having a detrimental effect of the health and wellbeing of those who live adjacent to it and it is a complete waste of a valuable housing resource.


Solution
Therefore, we the undersigned petition SMBC to bring this unhappy and deeply unsatisfactory situation to a timely end by vigorously encouraging the landowner to develop this site in the immediate future for much needed housing, or alternatively, for SMBC to exercise its powers of Compulsory Purchase and thereby move this situation forward to a point of resolution. The status quo must not be allowed to continue.



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