A HIGH street pet shop and groomers could soon be transformed into a new bakery and café.

Plans have been submitted to Cheshire East Council seeking prior approval to change the use of the groundfloor shop in Wilmslow Road, Handforth.

A new frontage and interior are planned for the unit and, while there will be no seating indoors, there is proposed seating for customers outside.

Residents in the area are already looking forward to the addition of the bakery and café to the village high street.

Writing in support of the application, residents in Chamberlain Drive, Wilmslow, said: "In these difficult times it's reassuring to see a traditional, independent business prepared to invest in Handforth village.

Proposed interior for the bakery (Platinum Architecture)

Proposed interior for the bakery (Platinum Architecture)

"The images provided by the applicant are attractive and look really promising.

"I'm pretty sure there will be enough demand for the business from existing and the new residents moving into the village.

"We fully support the application and look forward to becoming customers."

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A design and access statement, written on behalf of the applicant, said: "The café is a new business, and hopes to create a regular extensive customer basis, whilst bringing a new service to the local area.

"There is currently a privately owned car park to the rear which has been cleared of vegetation and opened up to provide for more off street parking.

Proposed interior for the bakery (Platinum Architecture)

Proposed interior for the bakery (Platinum Architecture)

"The existing appearance the premises is a poor reflection of an otherwise busy high street and so is easily improved upon.

"The design rationale is to create a new façade, as well as a striking new clean interior.

"There is proposed seating outside for customers, but not inside."

The deadline for submitting comments on this application is May 19. To view the plans, use the reference 21/2189M on the council's planning portal.