Go-ahead for Congleton retail development

CGI of Viking Park scheme

Plans for a new 2,298 sq m local retail centre at Viking Park in Congleton, which could create around 60 jobs, have been unanimously approved.

Cheshire East Council gave the green light for the Clowes Developments site following submission of a reserved matters application by Manchester-based Asteer Planning.

The submission includes a new Aldi foodstore, together with a drive through Starbucks and a further retail unit which will be built on a speculative basis.

Acting on behalf of Clowes, Asteer has provided planning advice for the development, which forms part of the Congleton Business Park Expansion allocation as outlined in the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy.

The retail site is located to the east of Viking Way and forms the fourth phase of the wider Viking Park scheme which will also deliver 175 new homes, to be built by housebuilder Bloor, and in excess of 200,000 sq ft of employment space, which, together with the retail element, will provide an array of full and part-time job opportunities.

Marc Freeman, director at Clowes, said: “The council’s decision echoes the support for this scheme from the wider community and is another significant step in the wider masterplan which will make a real difference to the local economy and ambitions for Congleton.

“We are now at the implementation stage for the retail element and hope to start construction on site very shortly.”

Alice Routledge, partner at Asteer Planning, said: “We are looking forward to seeing the local centre take shape.”

The project team which advised on the plans includes: Architects – Whittam Cox Architects and Harris Partnership Architects; Planning – Asteer Planning; Landscaping – TPM Landscape; Ecology and Trees – Tyler Grange; Transport – HUB.

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