CONTROVERSIAL plans for a restaurant-café building on land in Holmes Chapel, which sparked a flood of objections, have been withdrawn.

More than 60 residents sent in objections to Cheshire East Council over plans for a site next to 5 Macclesfield Road.

The land consists of an old public toilet block and undeveloped residential amenity space, and Mark Cooke sought planning approval for the building.

The proposals were for a small-scale restaurant/cafe and serviced office above, and attracted scores of objections after being submitted last month.

Residents voiced concerns about the impact of the plans on businesses in the village, the lack of parking and the site’s nearness to a double roundabout.

Holmes Chapel Parish Council also objected to the scheme, having major concerns over the safety of accessing and exiting the site, saying this presented a significant danger to pedestrians and vehicles.

The council said: “The proposed access leads directly onto a busy mini roundabout which is a major junction into the village and includes the A50 and A535.

“The parish council also has grave concerns over numerous and potentially large delivery vehicles accessing the premises.

“The proposed temporary parking on the junction A50/A535 of these vehicles, on yellow lines, will cause significant traffic issues and be major hazard for pedestrians.

A resident from Hawthorne Villas said the double roundabout was the busiest in the village, with frequent accidents, and the plans had ‘all the hallmarks of creating chaos’.

A Manor Lane resident said: “Where on earth are these diners going to park, let alone the staff?

“It's the most ridiculous application I've ever seen in Holmes Chapel, so I must raise an objection on the grounds of vehicular access coming onto a busy double roundabout.”

An Arran Close resident said: “This project is extraordinary. The site is small, there is no provision for vehicular access, even for deliveries, nor is there provision for parking.

“The site is on the edge of a very busy and often dangerous road junction. Furthermore, Macclesfield Road is, at this point, narrow and almost constantly used by large vehicles.”