Plans for a new petrol station and “food-to-go” pods have been given the green light as a car dealership building in Bury is set to be demolished.

A drive thru and two “food-to-go convenience pods” as well as a new petrol filling station will replace a building belonging to the cartime dealership, on Bell Lane.

The development will see a 4x4 showroom belonging to the dealership demolished, but the company's flagship showroom will remain operational.

The application was approved by the council last week after plans were lodged in November last year.

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Managing director Matt Kay said cartime will remain fully open and operational with “no disruption to business” as construction work gets underway.

He added that the plans affect only one building on the site, which is leased by cartime, and that the store's flagship showroom will remain in place on Bell Lane.

He said: “We always had plans to vacate this showroom to purchase an additional site as part of our planned expansion throughout the North West.

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"The timeframes for the redevelopment are not yet known, however this is in the very early stages and likely to take several years.

“We have plans to purchase a further site in the near future as part of our strategy to become one of the UK’s leading car supermarkets, allowing us to continue to create additional career opportunities within the region and also expand our customer base.”

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The business, which was first established in Bury in 2012, is the biggest independent used car dealership in Greater Manchester, with more than 1,000 cars on display.

The new petrol station will feature "modern top-up" retail provision with deliveries of fresh produce such as milk and bread daily.

In its planning statement added: “In terms of economic and social benefits the proposed development will have a significantly greater impact compared with the existing use of the site."