Tesco Express on Manchester Road: construction begins

Construction begins on the Manchester Road Tesco Express
Construction begins on the Manchester Road Tesco Express

Residents living near the former petrol station on Manchester Road have received a letter sent on behalf of Tesco Express confirming that work on the convenience store is underway and will continue until June.

The letter states that planned work includes the decommissioning of the fuel storage tanks, demolition of the kiosk, the building of new foundations and a two-storey building, alterations to the footpath and access point to the shop and a new car park.

Working hours during construction will be 8am-6pm weekdays and 8am-1pm Saturdays.

The planning application to demolish the petrol station and build a convenience store was approved last March.

Application approved: Crosspool petrol station to be replaced with convenience store

Crosspool petrol station
Crosspool petrol station: to be demolished and replaced with a retail development?

An application to demolish Crosspool’s Jet petrol station and replace it with a retail development was approved conditionally at a council planning committee meeting on Tuesday.

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the plans following a recommendation for conditional approval by planning officers.

Planning committee meeting agenda

Planning report (PDF, 2MB) –  see page 208 of the PDF document, which is labelled page 228

Planning application 14/01275/FUL

3 March decision for Crosspool petrol station convenience store proposal

Crosspool petrol station
Crosspool petrol station: to be demolished and replaced with a retail development?

An application to demolish Crosspool’s Jet petrol station and replace it with a retail development has been recommended for conditional approval by planning officers.

A decision will be made at the council planning committee meeting on Tuesday 3 March.

You can read the report (PDF, 2MB) on the council website. The relevant section is on page 208 of the PDF document, which is labelled page 228..

The report states: “The principle of the development is acceptable because small retail stores are acceptable in housing areas and the applicant has demonstrated that there would be no harm to the existing neighbourhood centre and that there are no better alternative sites.”

The committee is a public meeting so you can attend and make representations to the committee if you so wish. The meeting starts at 2pm and if you do want to speak you should arrive before 2pm and let the committee clerk know of your intention.

Planning committee meeting agenda

Planning report (PDF, 2MB)

Planning application 14/01275/FUL

Planning update: application to extend former coffee shop house withdrawn

Crosspool coffee shop
The former Crosspool coffee shop building

The planning application to extend the former coffee shop house located between Manchester Road and Lydgate Lane has been withdrawn.

Previously a public toilet, the building closed as a coffee shop in January 2011 and is currently a two-bedroom residential house. In April, plans were submitted to extend the house but it appears that these have now been withdrawn.

Regarding the Moor View Farm planning application, Councillor Geoff Smith has raised some concerns with the planning department about the drives to the intended houses at the back, the underground springs and coal workings.

The owners of the Jet petrol station and Mace store are keen to sell and have had several enquiries about the site. We’re not expecting to get news on the convenience store planning application until September.

Convenience store development proposed for Crosspool Jet petrol station site

Crosspool petrol station
Crosspool petrol station: to be demolished and replaced with a retail development?

Crosspool’s Jet petrol station would be demolished and replaced with a retail development if a new planning application for the site is approved.

Application 14/01275/FUL would see the building of a double-storey A1-class retail unit with parking for ten cars. It would extend to 354 square meters gross internal area.

No occupier for the unit has been announced, but the application states that discussions with several parties are ongoing and that “it is anticipated that it will attract a general convenience store operator selling everyday items such as groceries, alcoholic and soft drinks, tobacco, and newspapers.”

Full details of the scheme are on the council website, including site plans and a detailed planning statement (PDF, 657KB).

You have until Monday 19 May  now extended to the 2nd June    to comment on the proposals.

This planning application follows the news last week that just up the road plans have been submitted for an extension to the former Crosspool Coffee Shop house.

Crosspool worker is sales person of the year

Val Taylor from Crosspool's Jet petrol station
Val Taylor from Crosspool's Jet petrol station

Next time you’re filling up at Crosspool’s Jet petrol station, pass on your congratulations to Val Taylor.

Val has been awarded Sales Assistant of the Year in recognition of her efforts of going the extra mile when helping customers.

The manager of the petrol station, Stella Lucas, commented: “Val is an absolute pleasure to work with; she has the patience of a saint and nothing is too much trouble when it comes to helping our customers. She contacts the local garage if customers have car problems and offers helpful directions if anyone is lost. Val takes the greatest pride in her work by arriving early and keeping the forecourt clean, plus she is always dressed immaculately.”