The property developer has submitted an application for a mixed-use scheme in Sandbach, which would create six ground floor retail units and 14 apartments.
The site is next to the town’s Waitrose and Post Office, and is on undeveloped brownfield land.
The proposed development links to Sandbach High Street via St George’s Walk, and the retail units on the ground floor can use the 147-space car park on Brookhouse Road.
Muller has previously worked on schemes in the area, including the redevelopment of the former Lamb Hotel in Nantwich, which became Chatterton House, along with developments in Audlem, Alsager, Knutsford, and Hale.
Colin Muller, chief executive of Muller Property Group, said: “In bringing this opportunity in front of the Council we are looking to create some modern retail space in the town centre, something that hasn’t been seen for many years.
“Much of the existing retail space is compromised with poor footprints as the buildings are historic and were not built for modern retail use. Our new retail units will be open plan and offer the type of retail space that retailers, and their customers, are looking for. This is the sort of development Sandbach is lacking.”
The submission follows the refusal of the developer’s plans to south of Sandbach, which were knocked back unanimously by Cheshire East Council earlier this year. Muller had been looking to secure full consent for a 21,000 sq ft food store, 9,000 sq ft of offices, a petrol filling station, two drive-thru units, a farm shop, and two retail units of around 1,400 sq ft each.
The company was also looking to secure outline consent for the remaining 10 acres, including a 78-bed care home along with 85 houses, 30% of which are to be designated as affordable. The development was planned for the New Cross Square site to the south of the town, but was refused after heavy criticism from councillors, who agreed six separate reasons for refusal.