Tatton Group is gauging public views on its potential plans to regenerate the derelict Millington Hall Farm near Altrincham into a gastropub, bed & breakfast, farm shop, and microbrewery.
The farm buildings have been derelict for several years and include a listed farmhouse, barns, and outbuildings.
Under the proposals, Tatton is looking to create a “community hub” at the farm off the A556 centred around a gastropub, and is exploring options for other parts of the site. These could include a microbrewery, farm shop, bed & breakfast, or children’s play barn.
Other investments as part of the plans could include improved facilities for walkers and cyclists, road improvements linking the site with the A556, a fibre network, and roof-mounted solar panels.
The scheme is designed to bring forward a local centre and a leisure offering to Millington with its only existing pub, The Swan, due to close in September. The pub and its associated Premier Inn on Bucklow Hill were put up for sale in March this year.
Tatton is hosting a public consultation on Thursday 15 August at the farm, running from 2pm until 7pm with food pop-up Alchemic Kitchen running a stall at the site.
Annette McDonald, deputy managing director at Tatton Group, said: “The Millington Hall project was one of the many reasons I joined Tatton Group with the fantastic potential to provide a place for the community and visitors to enjoy, to boost the local economy, create jobs and improve infrastructure in a highly sustainable way.
“Visitor numbers to Cheshire are increasing every year and creating more opportunities for people to enjoy our beautiful countryside will help drive the region’s visitor economy.
“The community is central to this project and we want to ensure that the sensitive restoration of this farmstead has really useful facilities for local people and businesses, as well as creating new jobs and commercial opportunities.
“We hope as many people as possible will come to see, smell and taste some of the very exciting offerings and meet the farmers and businesses who would be able to grow and invest as part of this.
“We want to understand what else we can do to meet community needs and to hear their thoughts and suggestions. Public input is a vital part of our work.”