PLANS to demolish the site of a former Romanian charity shop in Cheadle have been approved.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has approved planning application SMD/2013/0820, 83 Tape Street, Cheadle, for the demolition of a former charity shop to provide space for redevelopment, under delegated powers.
The plans initially went before Cheadle Town Council, which supported the demolition of the site. But, councillors were wary of it being redeveloped into houses, which could lead to extra vehicles and traffic accessing the already congested Ashbourne Road and its junction with Tape Street.
Town mayor councillor Ian Plant said: "We supported the demolition of the site and I'm pleased to see that it's been approved, because it needs to be cleaned up.
"However, we were concerned about the site's redevelopment, because it was felt that if more houses were built it would lead to extra vehicles accessing the site, adding to the current congestion and traffic issues in Ashbourne Road and at the junction with Tape Street. We would ideally like any redevelopment of the site to be conditioned to include improvements to the pavements in the area and we would like to see the junction widened."