Plans for new drinks venue


Plans have been submitted to change the use of a former restaurant to enable a bar or pub to open.

Shepherds Drinks Ltd have applied for planning permission to change the use of 2D Hawthorn Lane which was previously occupied by Italianlab.

The new drinking establishment will employ two full-time and four part-time members of staff and the proposed opening hours are 8am to midnight.

The plans, which can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 18/2458M, include a bar and kitchen on the ground floor with a tasting room on the first floor.

The last date for submitting comments is July 2nd and a decision is expected by July 30th.

Hawthorn Lane


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Phil Hopkins
Wednesday 20th June 2018 at 3:23 pm
Oooh, I got in first with a positive comment. I for one welcome your potential investment in our Town and will certainly give your new bar a try if the planning permission comes good. I wish you well.

Cue the regular naysayers!
Barry Buxton
Wednesday 20th June 2018 at 3:29 pm
Well done Phil!
Irene Spawton
Wednesday 20th June 2018 at 3:45 pm
Just a pity it's next door to another restaurant/bar and poor parking facilities around it. Do people do market research these days before submitting plans?
Kiesha Humphreys
Wednesday 20th June 2018 at 4:36 pm
I agree parking is poor round there but I prefer to leave my car at home when I go for a drink!
Rick Andrews
Wednesday 20th June 2018 at 5:25 pm
Good to see an empty property being used, but suspect we are turning Wilmslow into a cafe / bar culture town. Many of these will trade for a couple of years before rent incentives stop and the reality of business kicks in.
John Jennings
Wednesday 20th June 2018 at 5:33 pm
Well said Keisha..knockout!
Clive Cooksey
Wednesday 20th June 2018 at 5:36 pm
How mad is this. Suburban Green has worked hard to build up a nice little bistro/bar. Now some head bangers want to open NEXT DOOR. Get a life council and potential "bar" owners. There are plenty of vacant properties. Dont come piling on top of a same trade. Its barmy. If you get it, I will certainly NOT use you.
Jim Griffith
Wednesday 20th June 2018 at 9:53 pm
Clive Cooksey. They are neither headbangers nor mad. Go to any other town which is evolving into a leisure destination and you will see restaurant after restaurant next to one another creating competition and the right atmosphere. There are examples all over the world but you need to look no further than a trip to Didsbury.
Dave Cash
Wednesday 20th June 2018 at 10:44 pm
How many pubs, bars, restaurants in Wilmslow, currently sell alcohol during opening hours?
Diners can expect a pre-prandial drink and wine with a meal. I welcome a range of different cuisines, but without adequate market research and a robust business plan, many business start-ups fail in 2-5 years.
Beatrice Turler
Thursday 21st June 2018 at 5:37 pm
I'm confused - if it's a drinking establishment, what does it need a kitchen and a "tasting room" for?
Peter Evans
Friday 22nd June 2018 at 8:11 pm
This is good news. Wilmslow is still miles behind Hale in terms of being a go to destination in the evenings but all these new places are setting a brilliant new standard. We need a range and choice, so I welcome businesses having a go and I wish them well. The variety will attract more people, which is good.

The old retail norms are long gone, the town centre cannot survive or thrive on an old fashioned and outdated model. So we need to adapt and adopt faster than other neighbouring towns. People who harp back to the olden days should be fossiled or forever to eat corned beef.

Surburban Green, Zatar, Casa Italia, 900 Degrees, Sooto plus the originals Heddys, Chilli Banana, Eastern Revive, Nourish and bars like the Old Danber and the Brewhouse... not a bad range. Better than that - a brilliant range (about time!!)
Oliver Romain
Friday 22nd June 2018 at 10:06 pm
Parking is an issue but mainly because pavement parking is not dealt with by the council, however it’s a small bar so it could work well as a niche venue. Need double yellow lines down this stretch of road now. It’s too congested in the evening now ‘the green’ is there.
Alan Potts
Saturday 23rd June 2018 at 7:08 am
I welcome them too and I would also like to address the huge problems we have with the parking in Wilmslow.How on earth do people think it’s safe to park along Alderley Rd ?. When turning left out of Chapel lane you are effectively driving into oncoming traffic,and also one lane is completely blocked where you turn into Sainsbury’s. I have sent photos to Cheshire East Council, but have had no response.
Pete Taylor
Saturday 23rd June 2018 at 8:55 pm
It seems that the CEC Ward Councillors are either under some sort of gagging order, or have just given up representing their electorate.
As I understand it they are not even responding to questions from Wilmslow Town Councillors.
The only way to fix the Alderley Road parking problem is double yellow lines. Ellie and the Barton boy are the only two people in Wilmslow who can make this happen. Presumably neither of them will be standing at the next election?
Oliver Romain
Saturday 23rd June 2018 at 10:50 pm
Peter Evans: well said. Hale is a great place to visit what with its bakers and butchers etc too. Now for the controversial bit. The fact that these premises were empty for a while has created these opportunities. Many moan about empty shops, but if they were 95 percent occupied the rents would be higher and the opportunities to bring interesting retail offerings would be fewer.