Move to turn car park into houses

AN ‘unsightly’ car park will be converted into two houses, if plans are given the go ahead.

Patrick Hand, who runs PH Architecture on Larkwood Close, Carrbrook, is agent for a request to Tameside Council for permission to build properties on the area next to the former Kelvin Works on Huddersfield Road, Millbrook.The ex-printworks was converted into three houses but he hopes to construct a pair of four-bedroomed properties on the neighbouring car park.

And he has assured planning chiefs they will not stand out from what is already alongside.

In a planning statement, it says: “There is an abundance of long rows of terraced former millworkers cottages that follow the main Huddersfield Road.

“The converted Kelvin Works and Kelvin Grove next to the site represent this and positively contribute to the character of the area and any proposals should positively contribute to the local character and distinctiveness.”

The application also asks for an existing condition that the area be kept unobstructed and available for its intended purpose to be altered as each unit would have one parking space.

And the statement believes it does not add to the Millbrook Conservation Area.

It stated: “The existing site is a car park that is unsightly and does nothing to enhance the conservation area.

“Developing the site will not only provide valuable housing stock but it will improve the visual appearance of the site and add to the conservation are as the proposed design is traditional and picks up on the local vernacular.”

The application will be determined by Tameside Council’s planning committee.

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