Water Street 2, Morbaine, Stockport 0
The19,500 sq ft supermarket could be occupied by either Lidl or Aldi. Credit: Google Earth

Morbaine proposes supermarket on long-vacant Stockport site

Dan Whelan

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.

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Brilliant, about bloody time.Gateway to the town and a bloody eye sore

By Yvonne Hitchman

How many discount stores does Stockport need? Surely a more aspirational use of land can be found to benefit us?

By Ricky H

Not more supermarkets. Too close to the motorway

By Anonymous

It needs to be developed, certainly. It is an eye sore, but another supermarket?

By Lynda udale

Wouldn’t housing be more beneficial, with a medical facility and day care nursery?

By Egor

No more building on vacant land,traffic will be horrendous need more open spaces for tree planting etc this town is full to the brim.People with long roots in stockport are leaving the town in droves,I myself am looking elsewhere.Wasting my time this Council have already decided to build.Need to make the town a greener space for those who have lived here for generations.And for goodness sake not another eyesore like Redrock

By Christine Pennington

Another stupid idea. Desperate for housing and they consider another sodding supermarket away from the centre. They will wonder next why the precinct is empty.

By Lurch

Why why why do developers think its always a good idea to put retail units on spare land. We have enough EMPTY retail units in the deserted town centre. For once why not try to think of something more constructive and beneficial the the area…

By TP

Stockport used to be a thriving market town. Thanks to the greedy grasping powers that be, the car parking is SO expensive it has driven folks to park/shop in supermarkets. Consequently smaller business are struggling or have left the area. The once thriving, bustling, 700 plus year old market is now a mere shell of its previous self. Stockport, you are a becoming a ghost town

By Estelle Lewis

Estelle – Stockport was a thriving market town for most of those 700 years without any car parking provision or, indeed, cars. Difficult to see how having (cheap) car parking is now so critical to it’s future success.

By Gethin