Rochdale Borough Council has approved plans for Rochdale Riverside, a £70m retail and leisure development that will be delivered jointly by Genr8 Developments and Kajima in partnership with the council.
Demolition works have already been completed and construction works are scheduled to commence by autumn with the scheme set to open for trade in mid-2019.
Phase one of the scheme is in excess of 200,000 sq ft and comprises 24 retail and leisure units ranging from 1,000 sq ft to 20,000 sq ft at ground and mezzanine levels, together with a six-screen Reel cinema and 340 car parking spaces.
Planning approval has also been given in outline for phase two, which will see a further investment into the town centre, with new offices, hotel, apartments and commercial uses.
DPP is the planning advisor on the scheme which has been designed by TP Bennett Architects. Letting agents are Cheetham & Mortimer and Lambert Smith Hampton.