Former nursery to be developed

THE site of a former nursery will be transformed into houses and an apartment block after a major planning application was given the go ahead.

Rowlinson Construction will now build 16 homes and 18 flats, which will all be on an affordable shared ownership basis managed by Mosscare St Vincent’s, at what was St Anne’s, Audenshaw.

And once an agreement that will see them hand over more than £100,000 to Tameside Council to fund other projects, is formally struck, work may start as soon as February.That will be used to pay for a children’s play area at Ryecroft Hall and tree planting on nearby Manchester Road, improvements at Aldwyn Primary school and a pathway to the neighbouring primary school, Fairfield railway station and Fairfield Golf Club.

And despite a number of objections, including one from Councillor Oliver Ryan, a meeting of Tameside Council’s speakers’ panel (planning) committee unanimously voted to approve it.

A report found the number of parking spaces for the 16 three-bedroomed and 18 two-bedroomed apartments, 38, did not meet the requirements of 1.5 each.

However, in Tameside Council’s opinion, that was largely mitigated by regular bus transport and a railway station within a short walking distance.

Clr Ryan was one of 31 objectors as he believed people living on nearby Manshaw Crescent would be overlooked.

Other points included entrance to the development, which will be from a cul-de-sac off Manchester Road, will cause traffic issues and that it would add at least 50 vehicles to the road, meaning a higher chance of additional accidents.

There were concerns the apartment block, which was moved to the back of the site by Rowlinson, would be too large and that the site, which has become green space since the nursery demolished more than 10 years ago, should stay as it is.

At the meeting, Cllr Jack Naylor said: “There’s a lot to like about this development, especially with it being on an affordable shared ownership.”

Issues he had over the Section 106 agreement, which will see Rowlinson fund other projects, were eased by planning officer Steven Kirkham, who said: “The developer has agreed to pay the sums for green space, highways and education.

“The developer, I understand, wants to be on site by February, which will be challenging but I’ve no reasons to suggest or understand why the 106 wouldn’t be completed within a timely manner.”

Tameside Council’s report concluded the committee should be minded to grant the application, with a total of 25 conditions attached. Councillors accepted the proposal.

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