Former pub site earmarked for flats scheme

THE site of a former Dukinfield pub will be turned into a block of 32 apartments if planning permission is granted.

A five-floor block will be built on Queen Street, where the North Star once stood, and it will be classed as affordable housing.

Permission has been granted for accommodation to be constructed there twice, the first as long as 16 years ago.

However, this latest application to Tameside Council, after work never got started on the others, sees a marked increase in the number of properties.

Queen Street in Dukinfield

Applicants SMN Design and Construction believes the building will ‘provide a high quality apartment block, for affordable housing, that not only sits within its environment but also compliments it as well.’

It is proposed the ground floor will house the refuse store, resident’s car park, apartment entrance, plant room and resident’s bike store whilst the upper four floors are dedicated to apartments.

Surrounding it would be a green, landscaped ‘buffer zone’.

In a statement, the applicants add: “Creating a strong sense of place is key to the scheme but to ensure the proposal does not dominate, the apartment block has been set back from Queen Street, in line with the existing residential blocks, maintaining the frontage and adhering to the existing context.

A planning application has been submitted

“The materiality of the scheme is also sympathetic to its immediate context, drawing inspiration from the surrounding brick buildings and utilising it to enhance the street scene.

“The blend of new the new apartment block combined with the relationship with the existing local context generates, not only an effective yet appropriate use of the derelict land, but also a modern building of mixed character for the area.

The former North Star Pub

“In order to develop a robust scheme the development will have to be of high quality, exist comfortably within its surroundings in both form and use whilst also offering a highly desirable place to live within Dukinfield.”

The North Star was originally built to replace the nearby Talbot in Dukinfield but after closing around the turn of the century and was eventually demolished.

Tameside Council’s Speakers Panel (Planning) committee will decide whether to grant or refuse planning permission.

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