by Gary Carter
A PLAN to knock down a historic pub and replace it with six houses will have to adhere to environmental restrictions.
Ashton-based Trinity Property Solutions is behind the scheme to replace what was the Roe Cross pub on Mottram Road with new properties.
Critics are against the proposal – which will see the old pub, currently home to the Roe Cross Green café, bar and gift shop, demolished – especially as the controversial Greater Manchester Spatial Framework document has caused outrage over the potential loss of green belt land.
All the buildings will be two-and-a-half storey and have four or five bedrooms, all of which will be accessed from a central cul-de-sac with a roundabout at the end.
However, developers will be told to keep external lighting to a minimum on one side because of bats roosting nearby.
The Stalybridge Correspondent has also learned surveys have been undertaken on the site, both over concerns that bats use the area and protected trees.
And two of the properties, if built, must have specialist bat boxes attached to them after a report was compiled.
A document prepared for Tameside Council said: “The surveys recorded no evidence of use of the building on site by any species of bat.
“Land, immediately outside the site boundary to the north, was recorded as being a commuting route for common pipistrelle bat Pipistrellus pipistrellus, likely to be to and from a roost identified to the north-east.
“As a precautionary measure, it is recommended that roofing tiles on the northern elevation of the property are stripped under ecological supervision.
“Artificial lighting should be minimised to prevent overspill on land outside the northern elevation.
“Greater Manchester Ecology Unit was contacted for bat records for the site and a 1km radius.
“A total of seven bat records were returned for the search area; comprising of two confirmed species; common pipistrelle, Pipistrellus pipistrellus, and soprano pipistrelle, Pipistrellus pygmaeus.
“Of those records, two roost records for both common and soprano pipistrelle were recorded Roe Cross Green October 2017, approximately six hundred metres north east of the survey site. Of the remaining records all are for unspecified ‘other signs’ for common and soprano pipistrelle bats.
“Two Ibstock enclosed bat box ‘C’ should be integrated into the fabric of the buildings on plots five and six. The Ibstock enclosed box is idea for pipistrelle bat species.”
A survey of trees on or neighbouring the site also found that four should be cut down completely.
But the presence of Silver Birch and Ash Fraxinus Excelsior, both of which are described in the category of ‘should where be possible be retained throughout any proposed development’ was flagged up.
And the report also states: “No materials hazardous to tree health, such as oil, bitumen or cement should be stored within the protective fencing.
“Where possible this area should be extended to 10m away from the fencing.
“Where there is a risk of polluted water runoff into RPAs, heavy duty plastic sheeting and sandbags must be used to contain any spillages and prevent contamination.
“No fires should be lit within 20 metres of the protective fencing.”
Crucially, a report for estate agents Cordingley’s, who are working with Trinity, says: “the site is located out of the green belt” and highways experts are happy it will not create too much of a problem.
The scheme has yet to be decided upon by Tameside Council.