A SCHEME for the future relocation of Asda in Ellesmere Port has been approved.
Borough council planners have agreed to the resurfacing of the old HH Robertson car park between Cromwell Road and Wellington Road North.
They are also allowing the applicants, Asda Stores Ltd, to demolish an adjoining building, carry out landscaping and erect boundary fencing.
This plot of land will eventually form an enlarged car park, providing 276 spaces and become the town centre's long-stay car park.
It will have 18 bays for market traders' vans.
Entry to and exit from it will be off Wellington Road North. Existing crossings on Cromwell Road are to be permanently closed off.
The plan includes a pedestrian link to the town centre, which will be a sign-posted route with dropped crossings on Cambridge Road and Wellington Road.
A council report said: 'The safety of users of this car park is of fundamental importance.'
As a result, there will be security lighting and CCTV installed, and possibly a lockable gate at the entrance.
Back in June, the planners held a special meeting where they gave their backing to related proposals to relocate the present Asda store and demolish the market hall.
Stallholders will be moved into the present Asda store, and have fixed shop units in three of its five bays. The two unused bays will later be demolished.
And they also gave the thumbs-up to the building of some two-storey shop units, shopping mall and toilets at the Port Arcades.
This proposed mall, covered by a glazed canopy, will become the principal entrance to the Arcades from the main town centre car park.
Both these schemes must be formally approved by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott before they can go ahead.
Meanwhile, the borough council has the power to approve a further plan for a new discount food store, which will be built close to the new Asda premises. This scheme was passed by the authority in June.