Muller refused for third time in Sandbach

Muller Property Group’s proposals for 57 homes, a petrol station and convenience store, drive thru, and three-storey offices on Old Mill Road have been refused for the third time in 12 months.

Muller submitted an amended scheme after it was refused in March and August 2019. Despite the changes made to designs, including the removal of a 21,000 sq ft foodstore, the plan has once again been unsuccessful.

This application included 9,100 sq ft office, 5,200 sq ft of shops, and 5,100 sq ft of space for food retailers. A national fast food operator would manage the 3,100 sq ft drive thru and a coffee chain would operate a 1,800 sq ft café drive thru. A mix of 25 houses and 32 apartments was also proposed.

The Alsager-based developer already has consent for a residential development nearby of up to 200 homes at the Fields Farm site, off Old Mill Road, and launched a consultation in 2018 for this mixed-use scheme.

Council officers considered the project “harmful” to residents’ privacy due to the apartments overlooking existing homes, and said the designs “failed” to take opportunities available for improving the character and quality of the area.

Harris Lamb Property Consultancy and TFA Architects worked on the scheme.

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