Planning permission has been granted for a 25,000 sq ft retail development in Poynton, Cheshire, on the site of a former cinema.
Planning consultancy Barton Willmore acted on behalf of Brookfield Hydro Motors to secure approval of the proposals from Cheshire East Council. The scheme will see a 17,000 sq ft food store and 8,000 sq ft retail and leisure unit built.
The project will include the demolition of a 1930s former cinema building which was converted to become a car repair workshop and a bar with restaurant. The building was disused for a number of years and had fallen into disrepair.
A previous planning application for the site was submitted in November 2007 by Tesco Stores for the development of a supermarket, but the application was refused in early 2008.
Chris Edge, associate in Barton Willmore's Manchester office, said: "There is a contentious planning history to this site, with Tesco having previously been refused planning permission. However, during our pre-application discussions with Poynton Town Council and local people, it was clear that there was overwhelming local support for the proposed development."
Fletcher Rae Architects designed the scheme. Cottrell Commercial is the agent.