A FORMAL application to turn the site of a former power station and railway sidings into 162 homes and a community park has been made.
Casey Group, which is behind the Tame Valley Park scheme, has now lodged its intention with Tameside Council after holding a consultation earlier this year.
It wants to convert what was Hartshead Power Station and Millbrook Sidings in the Millbrook area of Stalybridge in a £7 million project.
If approved, the main impact would be the creation of a community park as well as the 162 properties – however concerns from people living nearby remain.
Five-and four and three-bedroomed detached and three-bedroomed semi-detached homes would be built if permission is granted.
Projections estimate it would cost about £2.8 million to even get the site in a suitable enough condition to be built on, and it would be a further £4.3 million to construct the scheme.
As well as the homes on part of the sidings and coal storage facility, the rest of the former sidings would become a woodland area, what was the power station would be a community hub and an area close to Printworks Road would be an ecology area.
According to drawings, an area may be designated as a practice zone for nearby Stamford Golf Club.
When it launched the latest consultation in January, Casey Group said: “The proposals will make the site safe from the dangerous remnants of its industrial past.
“The former Hartshead Power Station closed in 1979 and most of the structures were demolished by 1989.
“However the public does not have access to the site because it is still derelict and unsafe and where people can roam, many potential dangers remain hidden within the self-seeded vegetation including exposed culverts, tunnels and manholes.
“The new proposals will address these issues and create a community owned space with the resources to sustain it but this needs to be cross-funded through a high-quality residential development.”
Some 40 per cent of the homes would be grant-funded and the application includes more than £398,000 of Section 106 financial contributions towards green space, education and highways contributions in Tameside.
So far, 20 people have objected to the application to Tameside Council, while two have come out in support.
- Cover image supplied by Eugene McCluskey, Tameside Captured