Police station to flats plan given thumbs up

TAMESIDE Council says it is in favour of a scheme that would see Droylsden’s former police station converted into five fats.

Amir Ahmed, of the Burnage area of Manchester, has officially applied to turn the Manchester Road building into living accommodation.

And the local authority has already said it would approve the change.

People living close to the police station, which has been empty for more than 10 years, claim people are already on the site but this application was only made on March 15.

According to documents, the flats would be available for market housing, not for social rent or affordable ownership.

Droylsden Police Station

Three will be on the ground floor and two on the first, with each having an open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area, with a separate bedroom and shower room.

There would also be a communal courtroom garden provided in the outdoor area.

And Tameside Council believes the one-bedroomed properties would not create a safety concern given it lies on a main road.

In a response, it states it would, ‘recommend approval as the information and proposed plans supplied for the development would not have on highways grounds an unacceptable impact on highway safety, or that the residual cumulative impact on the road network would be severe.’

They would look to impose conditions, including that no work shall take place until details of long-term cycle storage is provided.

And no-one can move in until it is approved and installed.

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

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