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