Industrial estate to be transformed with homes

By Charlotte Green, Local Democracy Reporter

AN industrial estate in Mossley could be transformed with business workshops replaced with modern homes under plans submitted to the Tameside Council.

Two applications have been made to the planning department to build new houses and apartments on land off Egmont Street.

Patrick Hand, of Stalybridge-based MSB developments, has applied for permission to demolish the Grasmere Motors building and replace it with eight three-storey town houses.

There would also be a new property built on a separate site across the road.

And McKay Homes Limited has also submitted detailed plans for eight houses and a new apartment block in place of units at the Glover Centre.

There would be a mix of detached and semi-detached dwellings, ranging from four and three bed, with the new flats having two bedrooms.

Both applicants state that Mossley – although once a busy textile town – has now evolved to become a mainly residential environment, with little call for new businesses to set up base in the industrial units.

A design and access statement for the Grasmere Motors building application reads: “The proposed development will lead to the effective use of the site which is redundant for its current use.

“Whilst the borough of Tameside is experiencing a demand for industrial premises and land, Mossley itself is not a popular area for this type of business and, compared to other parts of the borough, has a low standing and perception as a business relocation.”

It adds the new development would provide ‘modern quality homes for sale’, which would be designed in stonework to fit with the surrounding buildings.

Landscaping would also be done on site, with a private road for access and on-site car parking.

“It is felt that the scale of the development and with the improvement and facilities it will offer that it will be welcomed by the local community,” the submission concludes.

A planning statement by Cordingleys Chartered Surveyors, regarding the Glover Centre development, states some changes have been made since outline permission was originally granted by the council this year.

The new application sees detached and semi-detached homes, rather than the town houses featured in earlier plans, and all the properties will be provided with intruder alarms.

The target date for a decision to be reached for the first application is at the end of January, and bosses will rule on the Glover Centre redevelopment in March.

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