Tesco’s plans were opposed by both local traders at the nearby Salford Shopping City centre and from the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). Local traders handed the council a petition of 8,000 signatures against the scheme.
CABE said that the proposed store “risks seriously undermining the long-term regeneration of Pendleton by failing to adequately consider the site’s integration with its context." It said it was “an outdated out-of-town model".
CABE also feared the design for a south-facing glass wall could generate excessive heat. "The absence of any shading devices to mitigate this is indicative of the limited design thinking on the scheme as a whole."
Salford’s planning committee dismissed these concerns, however, and was apparently swayed by Tesco’s assertion that the store would create 600 new jobs.
Construction of the store will start next year.