Games ar­cade plan for for­mer shoe shop

Middleton Guardian - - CHILDREN IN NEED -

AN aban­doned shoe shop in Mid­dle­ton could be trans­formed into a chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre with ar­cade ma­chines and a go-kart­ing track.

The at­trac­tion - which would also fea­ture pin­ball, air-hockey and ta­ble foot­ball - is the lat­est pro­posal for the for­mer Style­gleam store.

Ap­pli­cant Gary Stafford has sub­mit­ted plans for the com­mer­cial unit, in Wood Street, for the con­sid­er­a­tion of plan­ning chiefs.

A diner and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties also in­cluded in the ap­pli­ca­tion, as well as the pro­vi­sion of 34 parking spa­ces.

Pre­vi­ous ap­pli­ca­tions for the site have in­cluded plans for a com­mu­nity sup­port cen­tre, as well as a com­plex in­clud­ing a restau­rant, beauty salon and of­fices - for which plan­ning per­mis­sion was granted ear­lier this year.

A state­ment ac­com­pa­ny­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion says: “The cur­rent unit is empty and gen­er­ally re­garded lo­cally as an ‘eye­sore’, so the pro­posed build­ing would help im­prove the streetscape.

“In this re­gard we feel the ad­di­tion of the de­vel­op­ment will be a sig­nif­i­cant pos­i­tive ad­di­tion to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and help di­ver­sify the lo­cal econ­omy.

It adds: “We will be en­hanc­ing the street frontage and adding high level brand­ing to the sign-age. We will not be amend­ing the height or width of cur­rent sig­nage of street glaz­ing.

“The ap­pear­ance of the build­ing will be to a high stan­dard and be de­signed to raise it above the sur­round­ing premises.”

The pro­posed chil­dren’s ar­cade site on Wood Street in Mid­dle­ton Google Maps

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