Failsworth's Labour councillors in the Tesco car park

A planning application for new ‘retail pods’ that would include reconfiguring a Failsworth supermarket car park have been welcomed by local Councillors.

Preston-based architects Cassidy and Ashton have submitted a reserved matters application for the Failsworth Precinct site on Ashton Road West. The application provides details of the appearance, landscaping, layout and scale of the proposed pods and changes to the car park south of the Rochdale Canal following an outline application for retail units that was originally approved in 2018.

The Failsworth Tesco car park site, to which the application applies, has been contentious locally for more than a decade. Dogged by vandalism to the supermarket trolley bays, damage to the lighting and a road layout that is difficult to navigate and often brings pedestrians and motorists in to conflict, it has been a campaigning issue for local Councillors since the supermarket opened in 2007.

Failsworth West Councillor Pete Davis said, “When the original application for retail pods and car park improvements was approved in 2018 I had hoped that work would start soon after, but no such luck. I am pleased that this reserved matters application has now been submitted, however, and hope that the improvements to the car park will take place as soon as possible if it is approved.”

Failsworth East Councillor Norman Briggs added, “This work has been a long time coming. I’ve been a Councillor in Failsworth since 2012 and there hasn’t been a year where this issue of Tesco’s car park hasn’t been discussed.”

Plans for the retail pods and associated changes to the layout of the car park are available on the Oldham Council website.

The end users for the proposed retail pods are as yet unknown.

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