Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has supported Salford City Council’s backing for an edge-of-town Tesco superstore at West One Retail Park in Eccles.
The scheme, which also involves the partial demolition of existing retail units, the refurbishment of others and provision of a new footbridge across Gilda Brook Road was the subject of a recovered appeal hearing between December last year and January this year. Pickles’ stance was in line with the recommendations of the planning inspector.
The decision letter made it clear that although the proposals would not result in the regeneration of the town centre the proposed location satisfied the sequential test inasmuch as there was no realistically sequentially preferable site.
The SoS also argued that the site was in a highly accessible location by means other than the car and that the proposal would result in “economical and physical improvements to the overall benefit of the area itself with enhanced connectivity between the site and the town centre”.
Councillor David Lancaster, deputy leader of the city council, welcomed the decision. He said: “I am pleased that this matter has now been resolved. This development is excellent news for the people of Eccles as this new superstore will provide up to 400 much needed jobs and investment for this area of the city, as well as expanding the number of shops available to people locally.”
26 May 2011