Leigh town centre plans approved

Michael Hunt

London-based developer Salmon Harvester has been given the green light on a 150,000 sq ft mixed use development on Spinning Jenny Way in Leigh town centre.

Salmon Harvester bought the 12.7-acre site in August last year, following an exchange of contracts with the Quinn Group, and plans to redevelop the former Quinn radiator factory site with a 110,000 sq ft Tesco supermarket, a seven screen Cineworld cinema consisting of 1,303 seats, and four restaurants.

The developer, a joint venture between Salmon Harvester Properties and NFU Mutual, will open up access to the nearby Bridgewater Canal.

Doug Stewart, chief executive of Salmon Harvester, said: "We knew there was strong local community and stakeholder support for our proposal, but we are nevertheless delighted with the approval and anticipate construction completion during 2011, with a full opening before Christmas next year."

Last month, Alard Properties won planning consent to build another major mixed-use development, on the other side of the canal to the Salmon Harvester scheme, close to Leigh town centre, which will be known as Bridgewater Place.

The Alard masterplan, prepared by HOW Planning with Taylor Young on behalf of Alard, includes 103,000 sq ft of offices and light industrial space, 320 family homes, and 6,500 sq ft of small local retail units.

Lyndon Yeomans acted for Salmon Harvester. Wareing & Partners acted for Cineworld and Eckersley & Partners acted for Tesco.

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