Store’s plan for petrol garage is thrown out

Rochdale Observer - - PARK MEMORIAL - Katie.but­ler@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @KatieBut­lerMEN

PLAN for an Asda petrol garage has been blocked by the coun­cil as res­i­dents say it would have been ‘mad­ness’.

The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion pro­posed to build a the site in the car park of the cur­rent su­per­mar­ket in Shaw.

But many fac­tors in­clud­ing noise and light pol­lu­tion, and lo­gis­tics of tankers be­ing able to ac­cess the site, meant it was re­jected by Old­ham Coun­cil.

Shaw coun­cil­lor, Chris Gloster spoke at the meet­ing on Wed­nes­day night and says he is happy about the de­ci­sion.

He said: “I ob­jected quite strongly about it and happy at the re­sult. Not quite as happy as the res­i­dents of Shaw.

“The gen­eral feel­ing was that although an­other petrol sta­tion would be good for prices as there would be com­pe­ti­tion, the lo­ca­tion many felt was mad­ness.

Dur­ing the meet­ing he high­lighted the is­sue that to gain ac­cess to the site the 15m long tankers would have to cross on the off­side car­riage­way on a blind bend.

He ad­dressed the coun­cil and said: “How can we as a coun­cil ap­prove an ap­pli­ca­tion that requires such a dan­ger­ous ma­noeu­vre to ser­vice this site.”

He said there was also go­ing to be is­sues for nearby res­i­dents.

He said: “It was also go­ing to be around 25m away form ter­raced houses so there would have been a lot of noise and bright lights for those res­i­dents.

“There was also an ac­cess is­sue for tankers com­ing into the petrol sta­tion.

“Like I said we aren’t op­posed to hav­ing an­other petrol sta­tion, but I think a res­i­dent put it best when they said the com­pany bosses are try­ing to turn a small su­per­mar­ket into a hy­per­mar­ket and Shaw is not the right place to do it.”

A spokesman for Asda said: “We’re dis­ap­pointed with the de­ci­sion of Old­ham Bor­ough Coun­cil’s Plan­ning Com­mit­tee. The scheme rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment and would bring with it a more con­ve­nient and com­pet­i­tively priced place to fill up for lo­cal mo­torists. We await the for­mal con­fir­ma­tion from the coun­cil be­fore a de­ci­sion on next steps is made.”

●●Po­lice have is­sued an ap­peal after the at­tack on an OAP’s car

●●The garage plan was for the Asda store in Green­field Lane, Shaw

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