Formal application made for Stalybridge sidings plan

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.

Hartshead Power station

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.

Artists impression of Tame Valley Park, Millbrook

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.

Proposals for a new community hub in Millbrook as part of the development

“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.

You can view the plans at https://publicaccess.tameside.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=QXCXMEPU0ML00

 

  • Cover image supplied by Eugene McCluskey, Tameside Captured 

6 Replies to “Formal application made for Stalybridge sidings plan”

  1. Why is there no reference to this being on green belt and talk of creating a country park is balderdash what they are doing is destroying a country park. Fully support councillors in the lower tame valley fighting to save their green belt the same needs to happen in the upper tame valley.
    I was a Stalybridge councillor for twenty three years and this tactic has been tried on numerous occasions I sincerely hope the public fight against this environmental vandalism and lobby both councillors and MP to oppose this.

  2. I really object to the plan applied for. The country park must stay as always. Mr Casey is taking every bit of land he can get and in the very near future there will be no countryside anywhere. I will put my objection in writing to our local councillor . Not holding out much hope with our council

  3. If you oppose this development you have until the 14th October to object. Go to http://www.Tameside.gov.uk
    Planning and then search the live database of applications. You can add your objection there. Please speak now or our green space will be lost forever

  4. What about all the wild life
    Deers
    Rabbit
    Badgers
    Pheasant
    Trees
    Numerous other wildlife

    Leave it as a country park for people to enjoy like Dove stones
    Just make it a safe place to walk through

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