Store plans set to be de­cided by coun­cil

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de­liv­ered one night each week at the mo­ment, ide­ally the club would like to open the work­shop on Thurs­day nights as well.

To do this it needs a lo­cal regis­tered CyTech en­gi­neer to vol­un­teer some time to help out.

If you would like to do so, then con­tact the i-Macc team via mac­cy­outh­clubf@hot­mail.co.uk PLANS for a new su­per­store in Mac­cles­field are set to be de­cided by Cheshire East Coun­cil.

Na­tional su­per­mar­ket group Lidl wants to build a store on the site of The Tow­ers build­ing be­tween Par­son­age Street and Park Street.

An ap­pli­ca­tion for plan­ning per­mis­sion to build the store – which will in­cor­po­rate a car park, a 1,063sqm Lidl Store and 700sqm of sep­a­rate re­tail units – is set to go be­fore the coun­cil’s North­ern Plan­ning Com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 26.

So far a to­tal of 34 let­ters of support have been sent by mem­bers of the pub­lic to the coun­cil in re­gard to the plans, with only one sent ob­ject­ing to the pro­posal.

The dis­count gro­cer’s scheme has been de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with Mac­cles­field ar­chi­tect Bower Mat­tin.

If the plans do get the green light it is es­ti­mated the Lidl store’s open­ing will cre­ate 25 to 30 new jobs in the town.

Fur­ther va­can­cies will also be cre­ated through the other re­tail units on the site.

A con­sul­ta­tion with res­i­dents was held in July after around 6,500 in­vi­ta­tions were sent to res­i­dents to al­low them to view de­tails of the pro­pos­als.

Coun Janet Jack­son, who rep­re­sents Mac­cles­field Cen­tral ward, said: “I have not seen the plans so I would not say I support the pro­posal one way or another.

“But cer­tainly com­pe­ti­tion for the town’s re­tail choices is al­ways good, and Lidl seems to of­fer good qual­ity and af­ford­able prod­ucts.

“The pro­posal does seem to be well sup­ported around the town, and it is a good po­si­tion for a Lidl store or any su­per­mar­ket be­cause at the minute there is not a whole load of choice of food out­lets in that part of town.

“There’s also plans to build some apart­ments in that area that might be for older peo­ple who like to be able to walk to do their shop­ping so that would be good for them – es­pe­cially as they’re go­ing to have a cafe there as well.”

Speak­ing after the con­sul­ta­tion, Chris Haw­ley, Lidl’s north­west prop­erty di­rec­tor, said the re­cep­tion from the pub­lic had been good.

He said: “Gen­er­ally peo­ple have been pos­i­tive. Bring­ing the new store into the town will cre­ate wel­come com­pe­ti­tion.”

●● An artist’s im­pres­sion of the new store

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