A series of consultation events have been held in Hattersley over plans for a 60,000 sq ft Tesco store and district centre to be built on derelict land off Stockport Road and Ashworth Lane, known locally as the 'Mottram Roundabout' site.
The project is part of a masterplan for regenerating the area and has the support of partners Peak Valley Housing Association, Tameside Council in Greater Manchester, the Homes & Communities Agency and developer CTP.
Phil Corris, managing director for Peak Valley Housing Association, a subsidiary of the Contour Housing Group, said: "It was good to see so many people attend the consultation and there was a real buzz in the air as people realise that the long awaited plans for the redevelopment of this gateway site is now starting to take shape. This is an important part of the multi million pound regeneration plans for Hattersley and our partners are looking forward to bringing extensive retail facilities to the local community and of course to creating many new jobs."
Keith McCormack, from developers CTP, added: "We have been working with Tesco and land owners Peak Valley Housing Association and the council to produce this exciting scheme. It was wonderful to get such positive feedback about the proposals from the local community."
Matt Magee, Tesco corporate affairs manager, said: "In these tough conditions we feel that our regeneration partnership, through which we ring-fence a large number of jobs for people out of work or on benefits for at least six months, is more important than ever in a climate where many people are worried about job security."
Peak Valley Housing Association, which is the landlord of over 1,550 properties in Hattersley, said that the proposals are part of Tesco's regeneration partnership scheme, which has helped over 6,000 long term unemployed across the UK back into work.
The Tesco scheme aims at providing help and advice on producing applications and interview skills for lone parents, older people who have been made redundant, people who have never worked before and those with disabilities. Peak Valley Housing Association said that recruits who complete a six week training programme would be guaranteed a job.
Further consultation events are planned to take place on Thursday 20 May at Arundale Primary School between 8.30am-9.30am and 3pm-4.30pm.