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Plans for massive superstore – just not cricket!

Keep Chorlton Interesting (KCI) today challenged Trafford Council and the developers of the Lancashire County Cricket Club at Old Trafford to provide local people with accurate information on the scale of the proposed superstore currently included in the development proposals.

The information provided by the developers makes great play on the need for a new, world class cricket ground but has omitted to tell people that the current plans would see a 140,000 square foot Tesco superstore being built – possibly the largest Tesco store in the UK.

The consultation also tells people “a new foodstore is proposed on the land fronting Chester Road which already has full planning permission for a supermarket”. Planning permission was granted in January 2004 for a 48,502 square foot store so it is misleading to give the impression that planning permission exists for this much larger development.

Questionnaires which include the question: “Would you support the creation of a new foodstore on land fronting Chester Road” are being handed out at the consultation events yet there is nothing on any of the information provided declaring the size of the proposed store.

Debbie Ellen, a spokesperson for KCI, said:
“We welcome the development of the cricket ground, but not at this cost. A superstore of this size would have a devastating impact on the independent local traders in the surrounding areas. We are concerned that the consultation has not given local people accurate information before asking them if they support the development.”

Keep Chorlton Interesting believes that the scale of the proposed development would threaten local independent traders in both Stretford and Chorlton and calls on Trafford Council to live up to its recent publicity campaign urging people to support their local town centres. This development is only 1.25 miles from Stretford centre and under two miles from the centre of Chorlton. The 2006 planning inquiry into a 88,000 square foot store demonstrated that a development of that scale was not appropriate. The Planning Inspector cited the impact the store would have on local centres as one reason for refusal, yet current proposals would see a superstore nearly 50% larger than the rejected application.

People can see the consultation boards on the proposed development at:
Lancashire County Cricket Club (Library Suite) 4-7.30 pm on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23 July and St Ann's Social Club 10-2 pm on Saturday 25 July.

Comment on consultation online

Last Modified - 8th October 2009

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