Plans lodged for private members-only superstore in South Cheshire town



Plans have been lodged to convert an industrial unit in a South Cheshire town into a members-only retail store.

The unit on Millbuck Way in Sandbach would be used as the retail outlet as well as storage area,according to the plans.

It would still retain an industrial look as the store would only be used by members of Campus and Co to provide educational facilities for the Plymouth Christian Brethren Church – an Evangelist church.

The new store would be used by members from Congleton, Crewe, Alsager, Kidsgrove and Biddulph area.

It would be open between 7am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 7am to 1pm on Saturdays. The core opening hours would be 10am to 4pm.

A report lodged to Cheshire East Council states: “The operations at the premises will consist of wholesale delivery, mainly of food and household goods, and then onward sale to members of the Church community only.

“The store is run by staff during core hours and supplemented by volunteers where necessary, and all profits are donated to the school charities.

“Many existing Campus & Co Brethren Retail clubs operate from indistrial units. Recent 2020 approvals for Campus stores in industrial units have been granted also at – Ipswich, Chesterfield and Huyton (Liverpool).

“It is not open to members of the public and therefore will not direct trade from other Sandbach centres.”

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There would be 12 on-site parking spaces including two disabled bays.

A public consultation on the application is now running on the Cheshire East website until February 4.

A decision is then due to be made by planners in the coming weeks.





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