An Oldham cash and carry business is set to change locations after planning permission was granted, despite opposition from a highways officer.

In October last year, plans were submitted to relocate the Aria Cash and Carry Ltd business from its current site on Vale Drive, near Oldham town centre, to a premises on nearby Bright Street in Werneth.

Now, the proposed move can go ahead after the plans were approved.

The location on Bright Street is currently registered as office/light industrial use and is based near other commercial properties, as well as some residential homes.

The Oldham Times: The cash and carry business will move to the site on Bright StreetThe cash and carry business will move to the site on Bright Street (Image: Google Maps)

Now, the site will become a retail sight where customers can purchase wholesale goods.

According to an application report prepared by Oldham Council planning officer Abiola Labisi, the building will not undergo any significant external alterations, therefore meaning the character of the area will not be impacted.

Mr Labisi added that given other commercial properties were based nearby, the proposed plans would be in keeping with the area.

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When consulted, the Highways Engineer recommended that the application be refused on highway safety grounds as they felt the plans would likely lead to "significant on street parking" which could impact the safety of other users of the road.

The applicant responded by saying the scale of the business would not "generate a significant volume of traffic".

The Oldham Times: Aria Cash and Carry Ltd is currently based on Vale DriveAria Cash and Carry Ltd is currently based on Vale Drive (Image: Google Maps)

Mr Labisi determined that although the Highways Engineer's recommendation was "valid", he felt the current use of the site generates a similar level of traffic and that traffic at the end of Bright Street would be "relatively minimal" as motorists cannot access Napier Street West via car due to bollards in place.

Mr Labisi concluded there would not be a "severe impact" on the roads and recommended the application be approved.

The plans were formally given the green light on May 13.