A NUMBER of empty cottages could soon be transformed into flats for people with learning disabilities.

Plans have been submitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council to refurbish and convert five railway cottages off Nantwich Road, in Wimboldsley, into seven flats.

The cottages, which have been vacant for some time, have been targeted by vandals and the proposals will bring them back into use.

The flats will be a mix of self-contained and shared units with a communal lounge and sensory room.

There will also be a staff office for the occupants to access onsite support from a care provider.

The cottages of Nantwich Road, Wimboldsley

The rear of the cottages (MLX Capital)

A design and access statement on behalf of applicant MLX Capital said: "There is a requirement for accommodation to meet the needs of individuals with a learning disability within Cheshire West and Chester and the neighbouring borough of Cheshire East.

"It is felt this would deliver positive outcomes for individuals, including increasing independent living skills, providing an enhanced positive experience of care and a reduction in the requirement for paid support where appropriate.

"The proposals are for refurbishment and conversion of railway cottages into a combination of self-contained units and shared units with onsite support from the care provider, which would be beneficial both to individuals who require a shared flat scheme and those who will require single occupancy.

"The properties in question have been vacant for some time and have fallen victim to vandalism.

"The proposals will noticeably improve the appearance of the properties and provide a much-needed facility in a quiet rural location to the benefit of future occupants.

Currently, the cottages comprise of three houses and two single-storey flats. The plans will create seven single-storey flats.

The design and access statement adds: "The character of the properties will remain largely unaltered externally.

"Although a small number of additional windows will be installed to provide adequate natural light for residents, which will largely maintain the current appearance as viewed from the roadside."

To view the full plans and make a comment, visit Cheshire West and Chester Council's planning portal using reference 21/01346/FUL.

A decision on the proposals has yet to be made.