Oldham gets go-ahead for town centre retail
A joint venture between Oldham Council and Brookhouse Group is set to bring forward the 90,000 sq ft retail-led redevelopment of the former Sainsbury’s site on Bloom Street in the town, after securing planning consent.
The derelict site has not been occupied since Sainsbury’s vacated its store in 2004.
As well as regenerating the site to provide town centre retail facilities, the proposal includes a 12-storey car park. The pedestrian links between the site and surrounding town centre will be enhanced as part of a package of landscaping works proposed under the application.
Tom Whitehead, group town planning manager at Brookhouse, said: “The plans are part of Oldham Property’s continuing investment in the borough. The joint venture partners have a successful track record of delivering commercial development schemes that regenerate brownfield sites to support the local economy. The plans at Bloom Street will provide a vital contribution to enhancing the retail offer of the town centre as well as creating over 250 new jobs and delivering car park facilities that will support a wide range of existing town centre operations.”
Oldham Property was advised on planning by Savills, architecture by the Harris Partnership and WSP on highway matters.
Matthew Sobic, director in the commercial planning team at Savills, said: “Oldham Property’s exciting plans will deliver the much needed regeneration of a long-term vacant site. The proposal for the redevelopment of Bloom Street will continue to support the enhancement of Oldham town centre as a vital commercial centre.”