PLANS IN FOR RETAIL PHASE AT VIKING WAY
Working on behalf of Clowes Developments, Asteer Planning has submitted a reserved matters planning application for a new local retail centre at the rapidly developing Viking Park in Congleton.
The application comes following the successful outline approval of the wider scheme in February 2022 and subsequent detailed approvals for new housing, employment space and enabling works all of which will enhance this growing new community.
The proposed new local retail centre will be anchored by a new Aldi foodstore together with a Drive Through Starbucks and a further retail unit, which will be built on a speculative basis by Clowes.
On completion the retail facilities will be complemented by 175 new homes to be built by housebuilder Bloor and in excess of 200,000 sq ft of employment space, which, together with the retail element, will provide an array of full and part time job opportunities.
Says Alice Routledge at Asteer Planning: “It has been hugely satisfying to submit this latest reserved matters application for this ever evolving scheme. We have been involved with Viking Park since the submission of the outline planning application in 2020 and have worked closely with Clowes and their professional team develop plans for each phase of the development. The local centre will provide amenities for new and existing residents and those working at Viking Park”
Viking Park forms part of the Congleton Business Park Expansion scheme outlined in the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy and lies to the west of Viking Way. The new link road from the M6 motorway provides connectivity and has opened up opportunities for the town.
Says Marc Freeman, Director at Clowes: “It is great to see things moving so quickly at Viking Park, with this latest application being another significant step in the overall masterplan for the scheme. We are hoping to get go ahead for the local retail centre which will create even more jobs and help further boost the local economy and ambitions for Congleton.”