Council plan to save Tatton getting tattier

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AN endangered Gatley landmark is in line to be compulsorily purchased to help save it from further dilapidation.

The iconic Tatton Cinema, which was first opened in the 1930s and closed in 2001, is now being lined up to be taken back from the current owners, the Dickens Property Group.

Stepping in: Councillor Iain Roberts

Local councillor, Iain Roberts, plans to set the wheels in motion after the owner had failed to come back with a plan for the site.

Coun Roberts said after two redevelopment applications were rejected, Stockport Council had looked at a number of options including turning it into a car park or doing a land swap but all of these ideas had failed to stack up. 

Talks with the owners over the past 18 months had failed to elicit any new plans for the site and the authority had now run out of patience.

Coun Roberts explained: “The attitude of the owner’s seems to be to sit back and do nothing and it’s fair to say we have given them every opportunity to put forward a plan for the site.

“And while we don’t yet have a timetable to CPO it, we feel that this is the only way forward.”

After the cinema closed, the main auditorium was subsequently demolished, leaving just the foyer and frontage to the iconic building.

Two separate plans to turn the site firstly into a supermarket and latterly into sheltered housing, were rejected after local opposition from both traders and residents.

The last plan in 2009, included the partial demolition of the cinema foyer, demolition and reconstruction of adjacent two storey retail units and the erection of a three storey 44 bedroom care home.

Coun Roberts added: “I am sure the move will be welcomed by the people of Gatley, who will be happy that at long last something is happening .”