Ridge Hill house plan can create area where people want to live

PLANS to rebuild an area of Ridge Hill will turn it into somewhere people will ‘want’ to live, say developers.

But after being saved from demolition last year, the existing shops will not be affected.

Jigsaw Homes have applied to Tameside Council to build 16 homes on land between Rydal Walk and Ambleside.

Jigsaw Homes have applied to Tameside Council to build 16 homes on land between Rydal Walk and Ambleside. Photo Tameside Correspondent

It will comprise of two two-bedroomed, 10 three-bedroomed and four four-bedroomed homes, replacing three separate three storey blocks of flats which were recently demolished.

They will also refurbish the existing maisonettes with environmental improvements and new landscaping if they get the go ahead.

And it is believed it would benefit the area.

In a statement compiled for Jigsaw, it says: “At the heart of the concept for the Rydal Walk development are the principles of good design, affordability and innovation with the intent on creating a ‘community’ where people want to live.

“The scheme aims to produce a high quality living environment, which preserves and enhances the character of the immediate and local area.

The existing shops will not be affected. Photo by Tameside Correspondent

“The proposed development should actually benefit the site and surrounding area by enabling the site to engage with its immediate environment and integrate into the existing neighbourhood.

“In creating an inclusive and sustainable community capable of supporting local facilities, we believe that this development represents a significant step forward in, ‘ensuring that everyone has the opportunity of living in a decent home which they can afford in a community where they want to live.’”

The row of Ambleside shops, which includes the popular Waz’s Convenience Store, Tinsel Town’s takeaway and the Ridge Hill Big Local Hub, was saved when original plans that would have seen them demolished were redrawn.

Now this new application has been put in, although Greater Manchester Police has asked for alterations in an area when car crime is 31 per cent higher than the Tameside average.

Despite conceding the fact all the houses will be semi-detached, meaning no alleyways to serve gardens, is a positive, they have suggested to gate a passageway, make sure bin storage is in back gardens and not provide retaining structures or terrace features that could aid climbing.

Their report also suggests no hard landscaping that could inadvertently create seating, no trees or street furniture near boundaries and because of thefts, alternatives to lead are used and metal pipework and wiring are not visible.

They also suggest a maintenance plan drawn up, including regular inspection of communal features.

Tameside Council’s Speakers Panel (Planning) committee is set to decide on Wednesday, February 24 whether to approve or reject the application.

But they are minded to grant permission.

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