JOBS will be coming to Holmes Chapel after planning chiefs approved major plans to redevelop land at a former business park.

Aus-Bore Estates Ltd’s application to redevelop the former Manor Lane Business Park site came before Cheshire East Council’s southern planning committee in Crewe on Wednesday.

Full planning permission has been granted for the construction of a building, which will create around 2,238 square metres of space for flexible use purposes.

In addition, outline permission was given for the construction of another two blocks planned to create a combined 3,792 square metres of space for mixed-use and trade counter purposes.

Associated car parking, site access and landscaping also form part of the proposals for the site, which lies entirely within the Holmes Chapel settlement zone line.

Council officers, who recommended the scheme for approval, highlighted the need for a ‘flexible supply’ of employment land to attract new and innovative businesses, while creating new, and retaining existing, jobs.

But members were informed that there ‘may be a small element of retail’, despite the use being put forward as employment development.

It was considered that the plans would not have a detrimental impact upon neighbouring amenity, highway safety, trees, the railway, Jodrell Bank or any protected species.

Planning officers accepted that commercial uses do not have a major impact on the ‘efficiency of operations’ at Jodrell Bank.

The proposal is also located in an area served by other commercial premises, so any potential impact is not considered to be significant.

Colin Williams, who was representing the applicant, confirmed work could begin on site within six months.

And Cllr Andrew Kolker, Conservative member for Dane Valley, said he had ‘no problem’ with the application.

He added: “I think it is a site which has needed redevelopment for quite some time.

“There was a planning proposal a few years ago, certainly a while back, for residential use, which I did have issues with.

“It wasn’t an appropriate site, it is an employment site.

“That whole road is employment and I think this is a completely appropriate development.”

The application was approved by the committee.