The developer has lodged plans to build a discount store where Hope Mill once stood, a site close to Portwood Roundabout previously earmarked for a 60,000 sq ft leisure scheme.
Morbaine’s application follows Stockport Council’s recent decision to reluctantly approve the developer’s plans for a 16,000 sq ft retail unit on the site of the Railway pub nearby.
Morbaine’s latest proposals seek consent for a 19,500 sq ft supermarket on a 2.75-acre site off Water Street. The former Hope Mill site is bounded to the east by a Porsche showroom off Marsland Way, and to the west by the River Tame.
While there is no end user currently lined up for the store, it is believed to be targeted at either Lidl or Aldi.
The Harris Partnership is advising Morbaine on design and Nexus Planning is the planning consultant. Turner Lowe Associates is advising on transport.
In 2006, Morbaine won consent for a 60,000 sq ft leisure club on the site but those plans were never progressed.
The leisure club formed part of a wider development known as Portwood Riverside that proposed a 100-bedroom hotel and up to 31,000 sq ft of non-food retail on an adjacent site to the north.
Those plans were put forward by Satnam Investments but the site in question remains undeveloped.