OFFICES in Handforth are being earmarked for conversion into six two- bedroom apartments.

The scheme which has been submitted by Simon Scragg to Cheshire East Council earmarks Willow Bank House in Old Road for conversion.

The existing car park would serve as parking for the new apartments with two spaces each.

The three-storey Willow Bank House is of traditional form with red brick, timber windows and concrete roof tiles.

It is surrounded by Station Road to the south, and Church Road to the west, with The Railway public house to south east of the site.

Network Rail has access rights through the car park to a small holding area to the north of the site.

A report with the application, which represents prior notification of a change of use for the building, said: “The proposed development will be an internal refurbishment to six apartments and associated boundary enclosure treatments.

“This internal fit-out will be to a high quality and the apartments will be specified to achieve maximum local market potential.

“The existing entrance and stair core shall be maintained with a lift that serves all floor.

“The proposed works are intended to have minimum effect on the fabric of the building, while providing opportunity for sympathetic usage and an economically viable platform which will help secure its long-term future as a new residential apartment block serving the local community.”

The report said access would be gained via the existing entrance at the end of Old Road, and the existing 13 commercial parking bays would be re-instated for the use of the residents.

A new gate and fencing will be installed to the north of the site flanking the car park.

The public right of way across the bridge and access to the network rail hub shall be maintained and clearly marked and ensured clear access is always in place.

The report to Cheshire East Council added: “The scheme seeks to add additional residential apartments to the surrounding village, to enhance the area and create more high-quality housing to the local public.”