Community centre targeted by flats plan

A FORMER Hyde community centre would be turned into apartments if a planning application gets the go ahead.

All would be affordable and would be able to ‘promote independent living in the community for of a person with disabilities’.

The former Flowery Field Centre on Spring Gardens would be demolished and replaced with another block if Tameside Council gives the go ahead.

Flowery Field Centre, Hyde

David Cowell of Ashton-based Homes For Life, wants to build 12 apartments as owners Ashton Trust admitted: “The building is no longer economic to operate due the absence of community groups wishing to use it.”

The Flowery Field Centre is actually an extension of the former Flowery Field School, which closed in 1974 and after that was demolished in 1980, it became a hub until groups left for other centres.

Now the trust is looking to dispose of the building and Homes for Life is asking to replace it with a dozen flats plus car parking.

And a report stated: “The proposal provides a well-considered scheme that responds to the site, its setting and the occupying residents aspirations.

“We feel this development offers high quality housing for the varying needs of the public, and in doing so addresses the national and local housing supply targets.

“The proposal seeks to enhance the local street scene by providing a quality building using vernacular materials and improved landscaping.”

Tameside Council’s Speakers panel (planning) committee will decide whether to give the application the go ahead or to turn it down.

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