Plans have been submitted for the erection of a new car dealership with a showroom, workshops, car display areas and car parking on land at Coppice Way in Handforth.
The modern car showroom will be occupied by Halliwell Jones, who have been searching for a new site for several years to replace their existing sites in the Wilmslow and Handforth area which are considered no longer fit for purpose.
The project will see the development of a vacant site, adjacent to Handforth Dean retail park, in order to provide a joint BMW & MINI dealership, including servicing and MOT testing within a purpose-built facility.
Adjacent to Wilmslow's Handforth Dean retail park, the 2.43 hectares site is bounded by Lower Meadow Road to the north and Coppice Way to the east.
The scheme comprises of two buildings, the primary building will house a BMW showroom and a MINI showroom - connected by a shared atrium, a body shop, workshop and an after sales facility. The second subsidiary building will provide a used car sales facility, with its own customer parking and road access.
A large proportion of the site will be set aside for parking, providing a total of 483 space for the external display of cars along with parking for customers, demonstrator vehicles and service parking.
This will enable Halliwell Jones to consolidate their sales, servicing and repair activities, which are currently split across three local sites.
The BMW showroom and servicing facilities will be relocated from the existing showroom and servicing workshop located the corner of Manchester Road and Dean Row Road, whilst the Mini showroom and servicing workshop will be relocated from the existing site at Summerfield Village Centre and the existing bodyshop will be moved from the Brooke Park employment area off Lower Meadow Road. Existing staff at these locations will be transferred to the new site.
The proposed development will secure 133 existing jobs and create approximately 36 new permanent jobs.
The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 17/6486M. The last date for submitting comments is February 8th and a decision is expected by 3rd April 2018.