A BUNGALOW would be transformed back into a kennel facility and have an education centre added if new plans get the go ahead.
Works4U, which provides education and training opportunities to about 65 young people aged 16 to 24 with a wide range of issues including autism, learning difficulties and mental health support needs hopes to create up to 15 kennels at Quarry Bungalow on Harrop Edge Road, close to the border between Mottram and Stalybridge.It also wants to extend an existing bungalow on the site which will house a resident kennels manager for the business, which will be known as Harrop Edge Boarding Kennels.
Works4U’s main college base is currently located at The Peacock, Ambleside, on Ridge Hill Estate but has a number of satellite facilities including Bower Fold Events at Stalybridge Celtic’s ground and Raglands Farm on Matley Lane, Hyde.
And on the application, it stated: “Through the farm provision, students undertake a range of animal care work experience and city and guilds animal care qualifications.”
The application, made through James Mackie of Norman Mackie Associates, which trades as Works4U, will provide a functioning dog kennels for up to 35 animals and students with additional animal care learning opportunities and work experience.
It would operate seven days a week all year round and have fully qualified kennels staff or tutors.
It is envisaged that students attending the kennels each day will be in small groups of up to five.
The existing five-bedroomed bungalow will be extended by about a third of its current size and an outbuilding will be upgraded to provide a classroom, dining area and appropriate toilet facilities including disabled toilets.
And as all Works4U’s students have special needs, it will provide daily transport to and from the site.
Quarry Bungalow, currently described as vacant, has housed a dog kennels, which operated until about five åyears ago, before and if given the go ahead, an animal boarding licence application will be submitted to Tameside Council.
The authority’s speakers panel planning committee will decide whether to accept or reject the proposal, which was lodged in June but not validated for several weeks.
However, one objection has already been lodged.