ALTIN Homes has submitted a planning application for the long-awaited redevelopment of the former All in One garden centre on London Road at Allostock.

The derelict garden centre has become an eyesore, and Altin said it was keen to bring its vision for a biodiverse, ecologically-friendly site to life.

The design team is proposing a low-density site with 22 homes set out around an open meadow area.

In doing so, the company will be creating about 30 jobs on site per year throughout the construction phase in the local area, as well as work for local tradespeople, suppliers and other professionals.

Altin has planned a range of properties from bungalows to four-bedroom barn-style homes.

To maintain an open countryside feel to the development all garages and driveways are hidden behind the properties to maintain the open views from the homes.

Altin has been working with a biodiversity specialist to design the landscaped area as a natural wildflower meadow with mown paths.

A company spokesman said: “A key feature will be the introduction of a pond to the site.

“Not only will this natural feature enhance the site’s eco credentials, providing significant wildlife benefit and a habitat for amphibians, it will also allow Altin Homes to adopt a sustainable urban drainage system on site – all rainwater from the roofs of the properties will drain into the pond, filtered through a natural reed bed.”

Graham Workman of Whistling Bee Ecological Consultants said: “The scheme we have developed will provide a haven for wildlife and the residents alike whilst creating a significant biodiversity uplift.

“Special attention is also being given to the planting scheme. There are a number of ornamental trees on site, and these will be replaced with native specifies, and we will also be creating fruit-bearing hedges.”

Design director of Altin Homes, Yousef Mousavi said: “We are very excited about the scheme we have submitted to Cheshire West. Our vision is to create beautiful homes in a natural landscape.

“For this reason, our proposals are low-density, versatile in type-form and functionality, designed around this area of open meadow which is appropriate for the site’s location in Allostock.”

The homes proposed for the site take inspiration from rural and agricultural architecture, and will incorporate the latest green technologies for reduced carbon emissions and energy consumption.