Savills has secured planning permission for a 90,000 sq.ft retail-led generation scheme in Oldham town centre on behalf of Oldham Property – a joint venture between Oldham Borough Council and the Brookhouse Group.

The plans will see the regeneration of the former Sainsbury’s site on Bloom Street, Oldham, a derelict site which has not been occupied since Sainsbury’s vacated its store in 2004.

As well as regenerating the site to provide additional town centre retail facilities, the proposal includes a 12 storey car park which will complement and enhance the existing parking facilities in the area. The pedestrian links between the site and surrounding town centre areas will be enhanced as part of a package of landscaping works proposed under the application.

The application was unanimously supported by Councillors at Oldham Council’s Planning Committee at the end of last month.

Tom Whitehead Group Town Planning Manager at Brookhouse comments: “The plans are part of Oldham Property’s continuing investment in the borough. The joint venture partners have a successful track record of delivering commercial development schemes that regenerate brownfield sites to support the local economy. The plans at Bloom Street will provide a vital contribution to enhancing the retail offer of the town centre as well as creating over 250 new jobs and delivering car park facilities that will support a wide range of existing town centre operations.”

Oldham Property was advised on planning by Savills, architecture by the Harris Partnership and WSP on highway matters.

Matthew Sobic, director in the commercial planning team at Savills, comments: “Oldham Property’s exciting plans will deliver the much needed regeneration of a long-term vacant site. The proposal for the redevelopment of Bloom Street will continue to support the enhancement of Oldham town centre as a vital commercial centre.

“The development will complement and add to the wide variety of uses in the town centre including recent developments that have taken place such as the leisure centre adjacent to the Bloom Street site and the cinema and leisure development at the old Town Hall.”

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