LAND off Macclesfield Road in Holmes Chapel is earmarked for a restaurant-café and office above.

Mark Cooke is seeking planning approval from Cheshire East Council to create the building on land adjacent to 5 Macclesfield Road.

The land consists of an old public toilet block and undeveloped residential amenity space.

In November a planning application was submitted for a property on the site, with access off Knutsford Road.

The application was withdrawn in April following concerns from Cheshire East Council over the potential impact of the property on the operations of the Jodrell Bank telescope.

A report with the application by Mr Cooke said: “A pre-application enquiry was submitted to Cheshire East Council in 2018 to provide a restaurant/cafe on the ground floor and office rental accommodation to the first floor.

“[This] was met with favour by the planning authority, in that ‘development of some small-scale retail or food service business may be appropriate in principle on this site, depending on the nature of the business, design and layout, hours of operation and other operational considerations’.

“The current proposals are for a small-scale restaurant/cafe and serviced office above. It is hoped the construction of a new building on the site will replicate the ‘missing’ corner of The Square where historically The Bulls Head had been sat.”

Off-road parking for one vehicle is provided for the site, through the use of a car turntable, although most people would walk to the site. Deliveries would be made via drop-off on Macclesfield Road.

The report added: “The proposals would create a suitable infill development on a previously developed site along with the construction of a new building in keeping with the surrounding buildings in form, size, scale and appearance and take into account the site’s location in the village centre but outside the conservation area.

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“The proposals have been carefully designed to consider the surrounding buildings and respect the site’s location and surroundings to ensure there are no issues with regard to privacy or overlooking of neighbouring properties.”

Comments on the scheme, reference 20/1943, can be submitted on the Cheshire East planning portal, until June 18.