PLANS have been put forward to change the use of a former Cheadle bakery into a retail grocery shop.
The site is located to the rear of 21 High Street and was formerly occupied by Hammersleys.
The bakery site is accessed from the Tape Street car park and has a small covered parking area.
A support planning statement produced on behalf of the applicant said: "Fresh Produce (AS) Ltd is the prospective purchaser of the site, subject to obtaining planning permission.
"The applicant currently leases premises and their aspiration is to expand and relocate the business into larger premises to allow greater volume of goods to be shown and to use a greater shop floor area.
"The proposed works involved the formation of a new shop access and the formation of a separate disabled access and the removal of the overgrown hedge and fencing to give the site an open aspect onto the public car park.
"The proposal does not alter the scale, but the appearance is altered by the provision of a new entrance and alteration to the existing one with demolition of a screen wall, removal of gates, hedge and fencing.
"Traffic generation will be minimal and there is plenty of car parking available in Cheadle Town Centre, particularly Tape Street.
"The development will not add to any congestion on the surrounding road network and the development itself allows for easy vehicular, pedestrian and disabled access into the site. The main access will be from the existing front access of the car park.
Cheadle town mayor, Ian Plant, said he had no objections in principle to the application.
He said: "The building does need something doing to it.
"This could be a positive step for the town."
The planning statement also adds that the proposals will not have a negative impact on the appearance or character of Cheadle Conservation Area as it is seeking approval for the change of use of a former bakery to a retail property requiring only minor changes to the fabric of the property in terms of doors and access.