Approval for Hattersley district centre

Peak Valley Housing Association has been granted planning permission for a 75,000 sq ft retail project in Hattersley.

The development in Stockport Road will be made up of 14 units, including an anchor discount foodstore and a drive-through restaurant. The site is predominantly cleared brownfield land.

Following approval at planning committee in January, the application was referred to the Secretary of State as a matter of procedure, who determined not to call-in the application for further study. The next stage of the project is a procurement process to select a preferred developer.

GVA Manchester's planning, development and regeneration team advised PVHA on the scheme.

Ian Griffiths, director of GVA, said: "We have been working with Peak Valley Housing Association over ten years on the wider strategy for the residential-led regeneration of Hattersley. Today's secure of planning permission for the new district centre is a significant step forwards in assisting the progress of the scheme, complementing the on-going regeneration of the estate and raising the profile of the town in Greater Manchester."

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What is a drive-through restaurant? Where is Peal Valley? Valley is a French name for a Dale. In Northern England there are only Dales, Fells and Moors. So where is Peak Valley? Or is it an artificial ‘marketing brand’ meant to impress us, somehow?

By Anonymous

Looks like a bog standard retail park. I thought housing associations were more attuned to matters of design?

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What about Ribble Valley?

By Dale

Well done to PVHA and GVA; excellent news.

By Kevin

This scheme is a real throwback designed around cars rather than people. As such it will do little towards making Hattersley a more attractive place to live. PVHA have been badly advised and should in any case have higher aspirations as a client in my opinion. Disappointing to see.

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