DEVELOPERS behind a scheme to transform the derelict land next to Tesco are urging residents to meet them and discuss their concerns.

Henderson Homes wants to build 29 new properties, while McCarthy and Stone also wants build 50 retirement apartments and three shops in Wheelock Street.

Residents discussed their concerns about the proposal at a meeting with town councillors David Latham and Mike Hunter on December 28, with parking and road safety issues put in the spotlight.

The developers will now listen to those concerns and discuss the proposal at an event on Wednesday, January 24.

Max Henderson, managing director of Henderson Homes, said: “This is a large and prominent site in the centre of Middlewich, which is crying out to be developed.

“The site is an eyesore, and many local representatives and residents have raised concerns that it has been neglected for some time.

“Our carefully designed scheme will provide much-needed high quality housing for all as well as improve the street scene.”

The event will take place from 3pm to 7pm at Number 28, in Hightown.

Cllr Latham is pleased that the developers have agreed to meet with residents and hear their concerns.

"The developers are open and want to speak to everybody," he told the Guardian.

"Ideally we wouldn't want all the housing with it, but it is reaching the requirements of the local plan and the town strategy.

"I am keen to make sure those shops are affordable. Agents are asking for such big fees and rents are massive, which is why shops are staying empty for so long."

Consultation on the scheme is open until Thursday, February 1, and a decision is expected by Monday, February 12.

To view the planning application and to submit comments, search for '17/6233C ' on CEC's planning website.

Residents can also ask questions about the scheme by emailing McCarthy and Stone’s project team on, or by calling 0800 298 7040.