Up North Architects have drawn up the plans for Cheshire Smokehouse's expansion. Credit: via Counter Context.

Cheshire Smokehouse proposes major upgrade

The smokery and farm shop has revealed plans including a new café and food production facility at its Morley Green site.

Located on the Green Belt near Wilmslow, Cheshire Smokehouse could see a 4,600 sq ft expansion under plans designed by Up North Architects.

Euan Kellie Property Solutions is providing Cheshire Smokehouse with planning advice for the project.

Proposals seek the demolition and replacement of the existing 4,400 sq ft food production building with a 9,200 sq ft facility.

The existing 9,800 sq ft retail building and landscaped parking facilities would also be restructured.

The food preparation space would move from the existing retail facility to the new food production building.

According to the application’s design and access statement, the bakery and butchers would be relocated to ‘flip’ the shop’s entrance so that it overlooks a new central car park. The new shop entrance would face that of the new café. Linking these two entrances would be a dedicated pedestrian ‘green walkway’.

The redevelopment would see an additional 19 car parking spaces, making 76 in total. EV charging points and cycle facilities are also included in the plans.

Urban Green were the landscape architect, landscape planner, ecologist, biodiversity net gain consultant and arboricultural consultant for the scheme.

Cheshire Smokehouse has been at its Morley Green location since 1992. Credit: via Counter Context.

Booth King is the consulting structural and civil engineers on this project.

The project team also includes transport consultant SKTP and Beechfield Consulting Engineers.

The Ward family owns and runs The Cheshire Smokehouse, and has been producing cured and smoked foods at its current site since 1992.

“The submission of our planning application is a key milestone in helping to secure the future of Cheshire Smokehouse,” said owner Darren Ward.

He continued: “Our improvement plans give us the opportunity to bring back a new and improved fully accessible café which is requested by our customers on a daily basis. Customers will be able to watch the smoking process in our new food production facility and get an insight into the way we work.”

The business plans to continue operating during the construction period.

The application’s reference number with Cheshire East Council is 22/5013M.

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