IN Mossley, residents are mobilising themselves to oppose another major housing development.
A swathe of green field land, including a site of biological interest, between the Hey Farm estate and Mossley Hollins School, has been targeted for more than 180 houses and apartments.
Locals attended a public consultation at the School earlier this month and are invited to attend a residents’ meeting at the Royal George pub on Saturday, September 30 at 1pm to escalate a campaign against the proposals.
Last year our sister paper, the Mossley Correspondent, revealed up to 50 homes are planned for the site of the former Mossley Hollins school site.
An outline planning application on behalf of the land owners is being prepared for submission to Tameside Council but initially only for an access road into the 12.96 hectares site.
Agents Cordingley insist it could be four to five years before the first properties are built. They also state “proposals accord with both National and Local policy being socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.”
However, opponents argue the scheme will push services and infrastructure to breaking point.
David Sloan, who lives on the Hey Farm estate with wife Lesley, said: “I have not come across anybody who is in favour of the development.
“The only people who are going to benefit are the people who are building the houses and those selling them. We are just all going to suffer.
“It’s a steep road and in the winter when the water comes down off the moors and freezes, it makes it a very dangerous spot.
“That road is at more than a 20-degree gradient. All I can see is cars piled up at the bottom.
“There have been five accidents between Mossley Hollins school and the Royal George in the last 12 months. That will only get worse with the number of cars that will come up.”