New unit could bring employment boost

A NEW industrial unit could bring a boost to jobs in Tameside after councillors allowed it to be built.

The near 54 metre-long structure will be placed where an ancillary building currently stands on the Tameside Park estate in Dukinfield.

And after Tameside Council’s Speakers Panel (Planning) committee gave the go ahead, the potential financial benefits became clear, with estimations it could mean between 20 and 30 new positions.

The near 54 metre-long structure will be placed where an ancillary building currently stands. Photo by Gary Carter

Even though a tenant has not yet been identified for the unit, which must be either B2 (general industrial) or B8 (storage or distribution) use, it is hoped it will address a shortage.

A report states: “The council recognises that there is at present a shortage in the supply/allocation of employment land within the borough.

“The evidence submitted as part of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework highlighted that Tameside has the lowest availability of industrial and warehousing space within Greater Manchester.”

And at the meeting on Wednesday, September 15, it was said by officers: “Investment in the site would be welcomed. The unit would make a positive contribution towards the shortage of industrial and warehousing space.”

James Stannard, who represented Tameside Park’s owners, added: “The application in our view constitutes a sustainable form of development.”

Five letters of objection were received to the new unit, which will be accessed by the current service road, Fifth Avenue.

Concerns included the unit being too close to homes and additional noise from lorries coming to and from the site.

But a report concluded: “The proposed unit whilst larger than that which it replaces is smaller in both height and footprint to unit eight and so would not appear domineering.”

Councillors voted unanimously to approve the application.

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