TWO areas of Carrbrook are to be moved into the greenbelt as part of the redrawn Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.
But Tameside Council has been told not everywhere it recommended will make the cut.
Concerns had been growing the remaining green areas in the historic village, Cowbury Green and Woodview, would be built upon.However, the local authority has succeeded in getting them included in the latest draft of the controversial housing document.
At first, it was feared the area around Sidebottom Fold, in the hills above Stalybridge, would be built upon as part of the Spatial Framework, which is designed to map out the whole area’s housing growth, among other things.
Those eased, now the two Carrbrook areas, which lie directly next to moorland, are among 12 Tameside locations set to be allocated as greenbelt in the latest proposals.
Others include Fox Platt, Mossley, an area on Ridge Hill Lane, Stalybridge, parts of Hyde Road and Ashworth Lane in Mottram, Cemetery Road and Horses Field in Denton and Ardenfield, Haughton Green.
Tameside Council’s executive cabinet agreed on the recommendations, even though another eight areas were proposed, either by them or through a consultation.
And a report spelled out how this latest draft is better for the borough in terms of greenbelt loss than the Spatial Framework’s original draft four years ago.
It says: “The initial draft 2016 GMSF proposed an 8.3 per cent net reduction in greenbelt for Tameside.
“In 2019 the net reduction was 1.5 per cent, as fewer sites were proposed for development and deletion from the greenbelt alongside the additions set out.
“By carrying the recommendations forward, the overall loss of greenbelt in Tameside would be 139.35 hectares (2.74 per cent).”
The cabinet also heard how in 2019, representations, including ones from Sport England, raised concerns relating to the designation of greenbelt on playing pitch land.
Those were largely over ‘prejudicing the potential future use of that land for sport, such as for artificial pitches which would allow for more intensive use and may assist in meeting any future shortfalls or deficiencies in pitch provision within the borough.’
One area that is contentious is Godley Green Garden Village, a 2,350-home development which has been backed by Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds.
And it was revealed Tameside Council can draw out £720,000 of a £10 million Housing Infrastructure Funding award to support work required to get to planning submission stage – and an application is set to go in next month.
A detailed programme plan outlining the spending of the remaining £9.28m is being developed.
And documents back the scheme, adding: “The proposed Garden Village at Godley Green was the key strategic site for residential development in Tameside.
“The transformational change that was proposed by this development would help to satisfy the needs of current and future households across the spectrum of housing types and tenures, from affordable to executive homes as well as providing the step change required that would contribute to the re-balancing of the Tameside housing market.”