Change of use to widen appeal of vacate restaurant

unit f&g

Orbit Investments (Properties) Ltd have submitted a planning application to change the use, extend and subdivide a vacant unit at Summerfields village centre.

Units F&G were originally let together as one combined unit for an A3 restaurant use when the centre was first constructed in 1994/5 but has been vacant for some time.

This planning application is being submitted to widen its permitted uses in order to assist in the units successful occupation.

Permission is being sought to subdivide the unit into a maximum of four individual units (F, G, H and J) which would potentially allow the floorspace to be let to four separate tenants, or alternatively as one unit.

A change of use for A1 (retail), A2 (professional and financial services), A3 (food and drink) and A5 (hot food takeaway) is being sought for each of the four units. An additional B1 office use is also sought for Unit J.

Minor changes to the layout are required to facilitate the proposed extension and subdivision, including partition walls, new doors and new paving outside units G and H to provide level access around the building. External changes include a glazed extension to the front to 'square off' the unit.

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 15/2966M. The last date for submitting comments is 24th July and a decision is expected by 24th August.

Orbit Developments, Planning Applications, Summerfields


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Lynne Prescott
Wednesday 15th July 2015 at 1:18 pm
I'd rather see this space back in use, and as successive restaurants have come and gone,apparently not making enough money to survive, splitting the area up into smaller units seems sensible. If one of the new units could feature a cash machine that would be even better!
Rick Andrews
Wednesday 15th July 2015 at 3:27 pm
Do we really need more takeaway food outlets with associated litter problems?
Wednesday 15th July 2015 at 5:45 pm
Rick - you and I are obviously thinking along the same lines. Summerfields Village Centre is okay to visit during the day, but small take-away units will only encourage a greater degree of anti-social behaviour than already exists and generally reduce the appeal of the area. Lidl has worked hard to upgrade its image there, as has Tescos. It would be sad to see this shopping centre deteriorate - particularly since Cheshire East apparently envisage the residents of the Adlington Road site doing their shopping there! A better alternative would be either to turn this very large unit into offices - It could be an outpost for Jones Homes beyond Alderley Edge, for example, or to make it an additional police station. This would save Cheshire police a great deal of time and money since they seem to visit this part of Wilmslow on a daily basis.