AN AREA of open land in Hattersley will be turned into 27 homes after a planning application was approved.
Onward Homes applied to Tameside Council to build the properties – 21 two-bedroomed and six three-bedroomed houses – on land close to Porlock Avenue, which is bounded by Sutton Walk and Godley Reservoir.
Now they will be built after the authority’s speakers’ panel (planning) committee unanimously approved the scheme upon hearing all of them will be affordable housing, subject to a number of conditions and a unilateral undertaking.
And it is intended they will all be available to rent.
That was despite receiving three letters of objection with concerns including the impact on neighbouring properties, particularly in relation to overshadowing, and the loss of hedgerows.
Onward will divert an existing bridleway that currently runs through the central part of the site, which lies west of Hare Hill Road.
And they told the meeting on Wednesday, April 21: “The site will provide high quality residential accommodation.
“Our design ambition has always been to create a residential development which positively responds to the character, scale and materials in the area.
“These proposals demonstrate Onward Homes’ commitment to continue the excellent and positive regeneration of the Hattersley estate.”
Case officer David Thompson told the panel: “We had three letters of objection but the separation distances are considered to be acceptable and there’s a recommendation for obscured glazing and there will be no impact on the amenity of future occupiers and that would prevent overlooking existing neighbours.
“And in terms of highways, the level of trip generation is not considered to be particularly significant. The impact on the capacity of the road network would not be severe.”
Tameside Council officials concluded in a report: “Whilst the site does currently have recreational value and the amount of open space would be reduced as a result of the development, the quality of that to be retained would be enhanced.
“The scheme would boost the supply of housing in a sustainable location and significant weight is afforded to the provision of 100 per cent affordable housing in this location.”
And Mr Thompson added: “Officers see that as a significant material consideration in terms of a benefit arising from this scheme.
“Onward Homes has made financial contributions towards the regeneration of the wider Hattersley estate, which includes the provision of an equipped play area within walking distance of this site.”
Even the fact there was a slight shortfall in the number of parking spaces – with 50 planned for the properties – did not put councillors or officials off.
The report added: “It is considered that the level of harm attributed to the relatively minor deficit in parking provision against the policy standard would not be sufficient to significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of boosting the supply of housing in this location.”
And Onward has agreed to provide additional information to the Greater Manchester Ecology Unit about how it would manage the public open space, with them seeing it as an opportunity to boost the area’s biodiversity.