MILLER & Carter in Wilmslow could be set to undergo some major changes.

Mitchells & Butlers, the firm behind the national chain of steakhouses, has submitted a planning application to Cheshire East Council.

If approved, the restaurant on Station Road could be turned into a Browns Bar & Restaurant.

Browns started out in Brighton in 1973 and now has 26 venues across the country, including restaurants in London, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool.

It is marketed as offering “classic seasonal food and signature cocktails” in locations that are “quintessentially British and rich in heritage”.

A design and access statement submitted as part of the planning application reads: “Mitchells & Butlers Retail Ltd, which owns and operates the building, proposes to refurbish the existing operation in order to keep it relevant to its market.

“The main elements of the scheme include a comprehensive refurbishment of the modern interior and the replacement of an existing walled yard with a further extension.”

Knutsford Guardian: Miller & Carter is located in a Grade II listed buildingMiller & Carter is located in a Grade II listed building (Image: Google Maps)

The Wilmslow Miller & Carter is located in a building formerly known as The Old Rectory.

The Grade II listed building was converted into a public house in the mid-1990s before being refurbished as a Miller & Carter in the early 2010s.

Mitchells & Butler is looking to develop the property, which dates back to the 1800s, by building a single-storey flat-roof extension.

This will result in a larger kitchen which would help the restaurant serve a “higher quality and expanded” food menu.

New signs would also have to be installed.

“The extension is required in order to allow the operation to become more efficient and provide a wider and improved menu,” the planning application adds.

“It is key to the company’s investment proposals.

“The new addition will be seen against modern additions and will have no adverse impact on the heritage significance of the building. It is on the historic ‘service’ side of the building.

“Whilst the interior is of no heritage significance, the refurbishment works are sympathetic to, and in keeping, with the building’s character.”

Members of the public can submit comments on the application, reference number 23/3528M, until October 19 ahead of a decision target date of November 13.