Muller Property Group faces the prospect of a third refusal in 12 months as its proposals for 57 homes, a petrol station and convenience store, drive thru, and three-storey offices on land off Old Mill Road head back to committee.
After being refused in March and August 2019, Muller has once more amended its proposals. However, council officers still consider them to be “harmful” to residents’ privacy due to the planned apartments overlooking existing homes, and that the design “fails to take the opportunities available for improving the character and quality of the area”, and that it would “have a detrimental impact on biodiversity and pedestrian crossings”.
The Alsager-based developer already has consent for a residential development of up to 200 homes and open space at the Fields Farm site, off Old Mill Road, but launched a consultation in 2018 for this mixed-use scheme.
Permission for the previous applications was sought for 7.1-acres, and included a 21,000 sq ft foodstore, a filling station with retail, expected to be operated by BP and M&S Simply Food respectively, two drive-thru units, a farm shop and two retail pods of around 1,400 sq ft, to be operated by a national bakery and national sandwich chain.
This latest application plots a 9,100 sq ft office, 5,200 sq ft of shops, and 5,100 sq ft of food retailers. A national fast food operator would manage the 3,100 sq ft drive thru, and a coffee chain would operate the 1,800 sq ft cafe drive thru.
The petrol station would still be operated by BP and the attached convenience store by M&S Simply Food.
A mix of 25 houses and 32 apartments is proposed. Both apartment blocks would be stepped two and three-storeys, and have a duplex apartment in the roof space. The southern most apartment block would have two units in the roof space. Terraced homes would divide the two blocks.
Harris Lamb Property Consultancy and TFA Architects worked on the scheme.