Three shops proposed for Bridgemont

Plans have been unveiled for a retail estate opposite Tesco, in Whaley Bridge, which could create up to 50 jobs.

Mohammed Waheed, of Cheshire, has applied to High Peak Borough Council for permission to build three stand alone units for the sale of comparison goods, on land off Buxton Road, in Bridgemont.

If approved, the proposed development will provide a range of non-food goods and possibly a restaurant, a drinking establishment or a hot food takeaway.

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

Mr Waheed said: “They will complement what’s there already and what’s already in the village. Because of the size they will attract a different sort of business compared to the High Street and will bring more footfall to the village.”

Councillors on Whaley Bridge Town Council’s planning committee supported the plans at a meeting at the Mechanics Institute last Thursday but expressed concern about the amount of parking and the access.

The application will go before the planning committee at High Peak Borough Council on September 2.