A £10.8 million vision for the former council offices in Watling Street has been given the go-ahead.

The proposal was approved under delegated authority by Cheshire West and Chester Council today, Wednesday

The plans detail 70 'boutique-style' apartments for the over 55s, as well as a ground level bistro, following the demolition of the old building.

Previous plans for the site were rejected for not complementing Northwich's historic appearance, but ­– rather than go to planning appeal – the proposal was redesigned.

The collaboration involved CWAC, architects Pozzoni, Euan Kellie Property Solutions and Galliford Try Partnerships.

Work will begin on clearing the site early next year.

Brendan Blythe, managing director at Galliford Try Partnerships Northwest, said: “We’re delighted that this important investment and housing development for Northwich has been given the green light.

"Throughout the consultation and design development process we have worked closely with local people, historians and planning experts to make sure we deliver a landmark scheme to will help to improve the look and feel of Northwich town centre on this brownfield site.”

Architects say the application has been designed as a contemporary reflection of the black and white timber-framed buildings synonymous with Northwich.

Pozzoni have created the design for the site in collaboration with independent experts and in line with Northwich’s Neighbourhood Plan.

The site will see Northwich-inspired irregular height roof lines making the development look like a collection of smaller buildings.

Different colours of brick within the design aim to reflect the local architecture, and ‘push and pull’ frontages are also a feature of the building.

Plans were submitted in August, and include 16 one-bedroom apartments and 54 two-bedroom apartments.