KNUTSFORD'S iconic Victorian station house could soon become a restaurant and bar.

Puro Property Partnership has submitted an application to Cheshire East Council to change the use of the historic building in Adams Hill from offices to a restaurant.

Built in the 1800s as a residence for the station master and his family following the arrival of the railway line, Station House was converted into offices around 1978 by the British Rail Property Board.

Despite this, much of the original layout remains the same.

In its design and access statement, Puro Property Partnership states: "The proposal is to restore the building to its former elegance and to make the building fit for purpose for the foreseeable future and only using quality materials to replace those of poor quality used by British Rail.

"The building desperately needs these works to maintain its position of exclusive elevations and looks and will be a credit to the town.

"In addition it is proposed internally to make extensive use of low energy lighting etc. to improve the building's carbon footprint and performance long term."

The building, which is located next to the railway line and the Chester-bound platform, also has its own 12-space car park.

This will be retained as part of the renovation work to convert the building to a restaurant and bar.

Once up and running, if the plans are approved, the proposed opening hours would be 9am to 11pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 12am on Saturdays and 10am to 4pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

For more information on this application, search reference 21/5351M on the council's online planning portal.

The deadline for submitting comments on the proposals is February 3.

February 7 is the target date for a decision on the application, which is to be determined under delegated authority.