KNUTSFORD residents are being asked what they would like to see replace a former women’s clothes store.

The double-fronted shop at 63-65 King Street had been home from 1968 to Broadbents, and is now earmarked for reinstatement into two units.

Planning permission for the work is being sought by Crest Commercial Property Ltd, and the town council is asking local people for their views on the future use of the units.

The council was given the opportunity to visit the building, which it said was important to many residents.

Visit the council’s Facebook page if you would like to offer your suggestions on what the units should be used for.

The building was originally two shop units, and the application seeks to reinstate the historic layout, including the reinsertion of an entrance door to the unit at 65 King Street and associated works to the shop frontage to accommodate this.

Planning permission was previously granted for the creation of a single retail unit consisting of 63 and 65 King Street, which also included the removal of the entrance to 65 King Street, replaced with windows to the shop frontage as part of the combined retail unit.

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The changes proposed largely seek to return the units to a previous, more traditional design.

The application said that overall the visual impact of the proposals on the street scene and within the context of the site would be minimal, and the scheme had been designed to be sympathetic to the property and its context, using traditional design and materials to ensure minimal impact.

Planning approval for the work is sought from Cheshire East Council.