Tesco development gets the go-ahead

The £multi – million physical transformation of Hattersley took a huge leap forward on 3rd November when the planning application for the new Tesco superstore and District Centre was given final approval by the Secretary of State.

The development is a key part of the Masterplan for the area and will comprise a Tesco Extra and a ‘community hub’ which will provide a base for the library service, Hattersley Neighbourhood Partnership, Peak Valley Housing Association, the police, the Community Forum Association and numerous other community groups.  

Keith McCormack, from developers CTP, said “We have been working closely with Tesco, land owners Peak Valley Housing Association and Tameside Council to produce this exciting scheme and It’s great to have the final seal of approval on what will be gateway scheme for Hattersley.”

It is anticipated that work on the new development will start in April 2011 with the new store expected to open for business around Easter 2012.  The new community facilities are likely to be ready at the same time

First Deputy, Cllr Jim Fitzpatrick, who represents Hyde Godley ward said: “This is excellent news and adds to the regeneration and redevelopment of the area. Tesco have said they will reserve 250 of the jobs for local residents but, as they have a general practice of recruiting people who live locally, I would expect that most of the 450 employees will be local residents.”

Matthew Magee, Tesco Corporate Affairs Manager commented:  “We’re delighted with this news. Our store and the job creation involved will be a real boost for the area and we’re grateful to all the residents of Hattersley for their support.”

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