REC helps secure full planning consent for new Tesco store in Bolton


REC recently helped to secure full planning consent for a new Tesco store in Bolton through the provision of Air Quality and Noise Assessments. The store, which has just been granted full permission by the planners, will be on the site of the former Pennine Pet Factory on Lever Street, Little Lever, replacing the existing Tesco Metro on Market Street.

Given the locality of the site within a predominantly residential area REC were presented with the significant challenge of mitigating potential service yard noise impacts upon local residents. Our Noise Consultants provided engineering advice for the specification of an acoustic fence in order to meet the local planning authorities’ stringent noise criteria, and undertook extensive consultation with the environmental health department to agree acceptable conditions for the developer whilst protecting amenity levels.

Air Quality also presented another issue, with high existing pollution levels close to the site and concerns that traffic generated by the scheme would result in unacceptable amounts of exhaust fumes. REC’s Air Quality consultants undertook a detailed assessment of the proposed scheme and concluded that impacts would not be significant at any sensitive location.

As a result of REC’s assessments, the proposed Tesco store obtained a smooth transition through the planning phase, receiving a unanimous vote in favour of the development.

Full details of the new development can be found on the Manchester Evening News website here