The developers of a new retail park in Middleton are calling on the public to give their views on the plans.
The St George’s development will be home to flagship tenants Lidl and B&M Homestore, with a further seven other shop, cafe and restaurant units.
The former Benyon Centre site, beside the ring road, has been purchased by property companies CDP Marshall and Rothstone Estates.
The developers have now held two public consultation events about the brownfield land’s future, and have revealed that 60 per cent of completed feedback forms were in support of the project. 21 per cent had concerns about the proposals and the remainder were undecided.
The site owners claim that the opening of the retail park will create 140 new jobs, and around 250 local residents attended the consultation meetings.
Mark Rothery from Rothstone Estates said the main issues raised with his team related to road access:-
“We were very pleased to get a good turnout of local residents to our consultation sessions and were encouraged with the feedback.
“This consultation website is now fully live and we are encouraging as much feedback as possible still. All the comments are being analysed and fed back to the design team.”
“There was lots of interest in the new jobs and questions on highways. We’ve listened to highway concerns and will be discussing the points raised with officers at the council.”
Concerns including the provision of bus stops, flooding and queuing at the roundabout, and the sequence of pedestrian crossings near the site.
“Many people also said that they would like to see something done with this site, after seeing it vacant for many years, and welcomed the investment.
The developers also asked for suggestions for the uses of the remaining units, and ideas included a gym, medical centre and veterinary clinic.
You can still have your say on the plans by visiting the consultation website at www.stgeoergesconsultation.co.uk.