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Plans to turn former Cheadle bakery into car wash

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: June 27, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

The former Hammersley Bakery site which could be turned into a car wash and valeting business.

The former Hammersley Bakery site which could be turned into a car wash and valeting business.

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PLANS have been put forward to change the use of a former Cheadle bakery site into a car wash and valeting business.

The site is located to the rear of 21 High Street and was formerly occupied by Hammersleys.

The bakery site is accessed from the Tape Street car park and has a small covered parking area.

The latest plan, submitted by Stubbrook Developments of Foxt, comes just three months after plans were put forward to change the building and site into a retail grocery shop.

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A design and access statement submitted on behalf of the applicants said: "The operation will involve manual washing of cars utilising power spray equipment and detergent and valeting of vehicles.

"The site is currently redundant and was formerly a bakery supplying a business in High Street.

"A new egress will be created from the valeting area through a previously sealed off opening in the boundary wall which still has a pavement crossing and dropped kerb onto the access road to the public car park.

"The applicant does not believe that there will be a material impact on neighbouring uses in term's of noise and disturbance due to its location. There are no residential properties within the immediate vicinity and the proposed hours of operation reflect the standard operating hours of similar outlets."

If approved the new business would create four full time and four part time positions.

The opening hours would be Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm and on Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Deputy mayor of Cheadle, Neil Plant, said he had concerns over access to the proposed development.

He said: "I need to study the application in more detail, but my early concern is over the access to the site. There could be a lot of congestion at busy periods."

Former Cheadle town mayor, Ian Plant, also said he had concerns over access from the site.

He said: "I have nothing against new businesses starting up in the town. However I have concern over the access road which is on a corner and goes over the pavement. It is also on the entrance to the town's main car park. There could also be drainage issues."

The planning statement states that cars being given a valet service will be prepared and cleaned inside the building which will have a waiting area for customers.

It adds: "Most cars will enter the site, be cleaned, and leave immediately. Others will use the valet service and then leave via the access onto Tape Street.

"All equipment to be used will emit very low levels of noise and the jet washes are to be housed undercover to minimise any noise pollution into the local environment

"Waste water will be dealt with through a wash down and silt separator system and then into the foul drainage system.

"The proposals will not have a negative impact on the appearance or character of the Conservation Area as it requires no change to the main fabric of the property with the exception of the demolition of some single storey brick buildings which do not in themselves enhance the character of the Conservation Area in this location."

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