Former pub to make way for houses

Words by Gary Carter

PLANS to demolish a café and build six houses on its site have been approved.

plans to demolish Roe Cross Green have been approved by Tameside Council

But the developer behind the scheme at Roe Cross Green, Mottram, will have to satisfy plenty of conditions to Tameside Council before they can even start work.

Permission for the demolition of the existing cafe/restaurant building and erection of six detached, four-bedroom dwellings, including alterations to the existing site access has been given.

However, several stipulations have been placed on applicants Trinity Property Solutions who are based at the site of the former pub at the top of Mottram Road.

This includes an assessment to determine any contamination to the site while samples of all stone used in construction above ground must be sent to Tameside and approved.

Tree protection measures will also be put in place, an environmental management plan as well as one regarding noise while construction work takes place.

Since closing as a pub, the Roe Cross has been turned into Roe Cross Green, a café/tea room with a gift shop on the ground floor which opened in 2014.

However, this latest development seems to place doubt over its future.

The Roe Cross Inn was built in 1616 and owned by the Hollingworth family. It is even believed to be a site where Bonnie Prince Charlie set up camp.

It was also believed to be haunted, including the ghost of Mary Hollingworth of the aristocratic family.

News of the approval is sure to spark anger from opponents of housing developments, especially as it is between the contentious Sidebottom Fold and Godley Green developments on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework document, which identified green belt sites as possible places for development.

15 Replies to “Former pub to make way for houses”

    1. Because of the dirty word….. MONEY! They don’t give a toss how old the building is or the historical interest of it.

  1. Why can’t the developers find other land to build on and leave this lovely restaurant/cafe/shop alone??

    1. Because the people who want to develop the site ARE the owners of the cafe/shop. Perhaps the customers could mount a protest!

    1. WHAT?? bye pass. dont make me laugh thats only been on the books for 50 60 years so wont be approved yet

    1. I used it regularly when it was a pub, and have used it a number of times since it became what it is now. It is popular, because the car park always seems busy. The developers are actually the OWNERS of the building/cafe, so I have suggested the customers let them know what they thing of them. And besides, it is irrelevant as to whether those oppsed used it — the loss of an historic building for the sake of a mere 4 “executive” houses is enough o make anyone upset!

  2. Such a shame to knock down a lovely old building. If only it was bought by somone who could make a good profitable business from it.

  3. Greenbelt land was suppose to be projected from anyone doing anything to it. So people had somewhere another than built up areas to walk and relax. The old building our part of our history should be left as it is with the cafe and shop, and add the history of bonnie Prince charlie and the ghost.
    But there you go council change it to line there own pockets as usual and changing the rules to suit them.

  4. This is a beautiful building and must have some historic value. Tameside Council should hang their heads in shame.

  5. What a shame to lose a lovely tearoom. Who would want to pay a lot of money to live near such a busy road with fumed from traffic through the cutting and sirens from ambulances . Tameside is not that desperate for luxury houses

  6. What a shame to lose a lovely tearoom. Who would want to pay a lot of money to live near such a busy road with fumed from traffic through the cutting and sirens from ambulances . Tameside is not that desperate for luxury houses

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