Stanley Green, Orbit, p, planning

The proposals include a drive-thru. Credit: via planning app.

Second phase plans in for fire-damaged Stockport container site

The council has received proposals from Orbit Developments for the next stage of its revamp of the former Armadillo Self-Storage site.

This application is for 10 units, and two drive-thru’s at the Stanley Green Trading Estate, on Earl Road in Cheadle Hulme.

According to the plans, an employment-led development is proposed, with three blocks of units arranged into two banks of three, and a bank of four, alongside two coffee shop/restaurants with drive-thru facilities.

The aim is that these units will replace a facility demolished after being deemed unstable and a public safety risk, after being damaged by fire in February 2022.

The development will cover a floor space of almost 50,000 sq ft. The business units will cover just less than 45,000 sq ft and the two drive-thru units would be just under 2,000 sq ft each.

A planning statement submitted by consultant Maddox says the development is to come forward alongside a self-storage facility already granted planning permission in November last year.

This proposal overlaps the new service road, infrastructure work and landscaping of that approved development.

Plans show the proposed employment units will be across two storeys and include a mezzanine space in each, while the proposed coffee shops/restaurants are single storey.

As part of the development land has been earmarked for 70 standard parking spaces, 15 disabled bays, 36 cycle spaces, two motorcycle spaces, and 10 HGV delivery bays.

GeoSmart has undertaken the sustainable drainage, flood risk and contaminated land assessments for the application, while Zenica has completed the unexploded ordinance desk study and Element the sustainability and energy report.

A transport assessment has been carried out by CBO, and Appletons has completed the tree survey report and preliminary ecological assessment.

Permeability testing has been carried out by WML Consulting.

To see the plans, search for application number DC/091031 on Stockport Council’s planning portal.

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Drive-through restaurants are about as emblematic of all that is wrong with the world as can be got. Dying centres, climate emergency, unhealthy population – I know, we’ll build out of centre restaurants that people drive to in carbon emitting vehicles to eat unhealthy food.

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