Three new shops for Whaley Bridge

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Up to 50 jobs could be created in Whaley Bridge as plans for three shops gained planning permission on Monday.

The application, submitted by Mohammed Waheed of High Peak Developments, is for a trio of stand alone retail units on grassland off Buxton Road.

The area, known as Hogs Yard, borders the River Goyt and the Bridgemont Tesco superstore and petrol station.

As previously reported, Whaley Bridge Town Council supported the proposal but expressed concern over parking provision.

Members at High Peak Borough Council’s development control committee, sitting at Chapel Town Hall, heard that the stores would sell comparison goods.

The retail assessment, which accompanied the plans, said: “The development will have a positive impact on the local economy and employment levels, creating in the order of 50 new jobs.”

Council planning applications manager Michael Green recommended permission be granted saying: “In terms of policy, it’s a regeneration area.”

Councillor Alan Barrow, moved the proposal for approval, which was seconded by Cllr Robert McKeown.