A PUBLIC meeting on proposals for a huge canalside development has prompted a positive response.
A “steady stream” of visitors attended a drop-in session at Ellesmere Town Hall to view plans for a commercial and housing complex between Ellesmere Wharf and the A495 which is due to be submitted in August according to Nigel Thorns Planning Consultancy.
The blueprint, which includes 250 houses, a hotel, spa and restaurant, play barn, new boating marina and tourism accommodation, has been warmly welcomed by Ellesmere Town Council with the Mayor Alan Clarke calling it the “most exciting development in Ellesmere’s history”.
“The open day went exceedingly well,” he said. “The plans tick all the boxes and everybody’s rather excited about it.The hotel and caravan accommodation will encourage tourism by giving people the chance to stay overnight and at least 10 per cent of the new houses will be affordable.”
Fellow councillor John Frost agreed that if given the go-ahead, the development would bring “more prosperity” to Ellesmere.
“This would be very good for the town and the rural area around it, not least because of the jobs it will create.