Plans to make Tower Garage more viable as a restaurant/cafe

Plans have been submitted by the owners of the Tower Garage to make the building more viable as a restaurant/cafe.

Stephen Higham is seeking permission for a single storey link between the original rotunda and the adjacent brick building, along with a small extension.

The application states "Combining the two floor areas by forming a link turns the whole entity into a realistic and practical proposition. Currently all hot food has to cross the open courtyard and the lavatories are also in the service building.

"The rotunda is also too small a floor area to be run economically, even with a skeleton staff; increasing the floor area allows for more covers and contributes to making the operation viable.

"The rotunda is in separate ownership to the current petrol station and servicing facility and so needs to be financially independent in order to survive as an enterprise in its own right."

There are no changes proposed to the historic fabric of the rotunda building which is a grade II listed and lies outside of the Alderley Edge Conservation Area

The internal change to the adjacent building provides for a kitchen, ladies WC's and bar/reception area. The small additional extension includes for the men's WC's.

The proposed opening hours for the business are 10am to 7pm.

The building has been empty since Aldeli closed its doors at the end of October, having served the local community for 11 years.

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council planning portal by searching for planning reference 23/2458M.



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Nick Whittaker
Tuesday 11th July 2023 at 5:12 pm
Makes total sense. This place could be absolutely amazing. I do wonder if there is not further scope to develop the building, making it even more commercially viable I.e mezzanine internal floor, outdoor seating area, screening from the petroleum station. Also, seating area in the roof area - similar to the blue bird in Chelsea. Sitting next to working petrol pumps whilst having lunch is not appealing so clear partition / segregation from petrol station would help hugely. Also, stopping school drop off would help. Re food, it would be great to have something on par with or even better to Gail’s, smoke, service centre where the standard of food is incredible and just what the village requires. Breakfast in here followed by lunch in san Carlo would make a great Sunday!!