A NEW bid to bring a petrol station to Asda supermarket in Shaw has been launched.
An original planning application submitted on behalf of Asda was rejected by Oldham Council in September 2017.
But an appeal will now be heard next month by an independent Planning Inspector.
The decision has been criticised by local councillors with Asda accused of “putting profit before people”.
However, an appeal in support of change of use of land from car park to create petrol filling station, erection of payment kiosk and associated lighting and CCTV works, will go ahead on October 23 at 10am in Oldham Civic Centre.
Shaw and Crompton Liberal Democrat councillors have now confirmed they will oppose Asda’s attempt to obtain a green light for their plans.
They say they are “disappointed” Asda has decided to appeal the planning decision of refusal for a fuel filling station on the current Shaw Asda car park.
The councillors’ statement says: “Despite the recommendation of Council Highways Officers that this development is unsafe, the strong objections of local residents in relation to traffic congestion as well as the concerns of residents, Asda’s immediate neighbours, living directly opposite the proposed site, who’s right to a peaceful life will undoubtedly be disrupted by a petrol station literally on the doorstep of the terraced houses, this has failed to register with Asda management.”
Cllr Chris Gloster, Ward Councillor for Shaw added: “Asda are just putting profit before people, and despite their assertions that they want people to ‘live better’ clearly this does not extend to anyone who may have an effect upon their profit.
“Liberal Democrat Councillors will strongly object to this application at the public enquiry in October.’
If successful, the supermarket would lose 35 car parking spaces, down from 316 to 281.
The original application also proposed a 24-hour operation, seven days per week.
But proposed opening times were changed to Monday to Saturday, 7am to 11pm each day, Sunday and Bank/Public Holidays, 10am to 6pm each day.
The petrol station will be located to the left of the access on Greenfield Lane.
Last year’s application was refused on three grounds:
* Inadequate room within the site to accommodate any additional queuing that may occur at the petrol filling station given the close proximity of the petrol filling station to the car park entrance.
This will lead to congestion and conflicting manoeuvring of vehicles on the nearby highways to the detriment of safety of other highway users.
* The petrol station will result in an increase in noise to the detriment of adjacent resident’s amenity.
* The proposal will result in the unacceptable loss of the existing recycling facilities.
The planning application can be seen online: www.oldham.gov.uk – and then follow links to planning and search PA/339852/17.