A DEVELOPER has submitted plans to build four dormer bungalows on the site of the former Mere village stores and post office on the A50.

The Post Office and shop, situated opposite the Kilton Inn on the A50, closed in November after the owners said they could not survive in the 'current economic climate'.

In 2015 plans were submitted to Cheshire East Council for a 'housing development' but was refused later this year as officers deemed the proposal 'encroached on to the greenbelt'.

The application site comprises the vacant commercial car garage which includes an MOT garage, forecourt, and existing residential bungalow as well as the former shop and post office.

More recently, the front of the site has been used as a commercial car wash.

A planning statement on Cheshire East Council's website details the creation of the bungalows on the plot.

"Full planning approval is being sought for residential development of the site comprising two three-bedroom and two four-bedroom cottages along with two detached single garages which represents a reduction on the existing footprint of the buildings currently on site," it states.

"The provision of dormer bungalows enables the development to have no further impact in terms of visual impact and openness of the site when viewed from outside the site boundaries, being of a similar scale to the existing buildings on site but will break up of the mass of buildings to enhance views to the countryside beyond when viewed from the site entrance and Warrington Road."

The statement adds: "The conversion of the site to residential use will reflect the residential use of the surrounding area in Hoo Green and will re-use a previously developed site to provide new housing suitable for its rural location."

A decision on the proposal is due to be made by council planning officers on July 18.