VILLAGERS are being asked for their views on plans for a state-of-the-art integrated care village in Chelford.

The proposals would see a new 60-bed care home, with a further 14 close care units delivered as part of a new ‘village’ centre, which would replace Holly Tree House.

The ‘village’ centre would include leisure facilities such as a fitness centre, library, cinema and a bar/café.

A total of 72 extra care apartments, suitable for older people looking to downsize, with access to care on tap, are also planned on the same site.

Existing outdoor activities would be retained, including tennis courts, putting green, Japanese water garden, boating and fishing lake and secret gardens.

A number of new features would be installed, including a bowling green, golf practice nets and allotments.

Residents are invited to view the proposals and submit their feedback before a planning application is submitted to Cheshire East Council.

The scheme would enable the public to explore more of the countryside via new woodland walkways to the north of Holly Tree House, set either side of an existing bridle path.

A pedestrian footpath would be created, running from Holly Tree House up to Knutsford Road (A537) to provide a safe passageway between the development and the village.

This new footpath would be mostly inside an existing hedgerow, protecting pedestrians from the traffic.

A development team spokesman said: “The beautiful setting of the Chelford countryside makes this the ideal location for a care village.

“This development will provide a great opportunity for those looking to downsize and stay in the area.

“Our plans will benefit the whole of Chelford, making Pepper Street safer for pedestrians and opening up the countryside for residents to enjoy.

“These proposals will allow retirees to live in a place where you can play tennis, hit golf balls, fish, grow your own vegetables, take country walks and enjoy peaceful moments in a Japanese water garden, safe in the knowledge they are supported, safe and secure.

“We are committed to engaging with the community on our proposals and would welcome feedback from residents prior to the submission of a planning application.”

Have your say by filling in a feedback form at, calling the community information line, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, on 0161 711 0214, emailing or writing to Holly Tree House, c/o Lexington Communications, Queens House, Queen Street, Manchester. Comments should be received by July 5.