An artist's impression of the development

Retail plans approved for Poynton

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.

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Macclesfield Council? Cheshire East surely?!

By Richard

Can you provide a link to the application, or its reference number, please?

Can’t seem to find it on the Cheshire East website.



Richard, you are quite right, this has been amended. Apologies for any confusion.

By Ed.

Looks very smart and modern for Poynton and a welcome addition to the street scene. Hopefully it will look like that when complete!

By Ned

Will there still be a fuel station or will the residents have to drive for miles?

By Resident

Doesn’t look like there will be a petrol station. Shame but doesn’t everyone go to Sainsbury or Tesco?

By Ned

The nearest petrol station will be at Fiveways (Hazel Grove) after the current one is demolished. More inconvenient but not massively so. ‘Overwhelming’ local support is a little bit of an exaggeration. Resigned acceptance and a wish that the developer had a little more ambition than just building another supermarket is more like it. Much better than what is there currently though!

By Andrew

I understand that there is to be an Aldi store on this site, do we really need another store, we already have Morrisons, Asda and Waitrose, isn’t that enough?

By Paul Johnson