School site is not to be turned into homes – yet

THE site of a former Denton high school has not been sold to a housing developer, local councillors have confirmed.

And they have revealed they would prefer what was Two Trees to either remain as educational land or become an area of green space.

Talk had spread through Haughton Green the area would now be turned into 85 homes after a ‘done deal’ with developer Barratt.

However, that has been denied and Cllrs Claire Reid, George Newton and Jack Naylor said: “We can confirm there is no such deal.

The former Two Trees High School

“Our first preference would be to retain the land for educational use, not least because this has been so vehemently expressed by the community regarding the need for school places.

“If the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, decides the land does not need to be kept for educational use, we want as much open green space on the site to be retained for community use as possible.”

Much debate has revolved around what to do with Two Trees, which has now been demolished after standing empty since 2012.

Local football club Denton Town has examined the possibility of moving their ground there from nearby Whittle’s Park.

And if any homes are eventually built, the councillors want the surrounding infrastructure to be looked at first.

They added: “We all know Haughton Green is a cul de sac and we have all been sat in the traffic on Two Trees Lane at 8am.

“Our existing roads simply cannot cope with any further development. The same goes for GP availability.

“As soon as we are informed of any plans we will tell the community. We will also be asking people to come forward with their ideas of what they would like to see on the site.

“Presently it is a barren site that is not accessible. It’s our home as well as yours.”

Two Trees was eventually cleared after asbestos was found on the site and several incidents of people breaking in and vandalism.

And the cost of trying to maintain security was also revealed.

The councillors continued: “Securing the site from vandalism was costing £100,000 a year to maintain due to safety concerns, criminal damage and potential asbestos poisoning to nearby residents as yobs and vandals were breaking up the fabric of the school.”

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