Former hotel targeted for affordable flats plan

A FORMER Haughton Green hotel will be turned into 24 affordable living flats if planning permission is granted.

But local opposition to the scheme to convert The Old Rectory is being led by local councillors.

Irwell Valley Homes wants to convert the site, which has stood empty since 2009, into what it describes as ‘a high-quality internal living environment.’

Councillors Claire Reid, Jack Naylor and George Newton at the site of the former Old Rectory in Haughton Green. Image by GGC Media LTD

The property, on Meadow Lane, would see a mix of one and two-bedroomed properties put in, with parking spaces around it.

However, Cllrs Claire Reid, George Newton and Jack Naylor, along with several people living nearby, say they are against it.

Speaking on behalf of the three Denton South representatives, Cllr Naylor said: “We have said all along that we will not support any application which is out of step with the hard-fought Supplementary Planning Document which protects the history and biodiversity of Haughton Green and Haughton Dale.

Protest signs are in place around Haughton Green as residents oppose the development. Image by GGC Media LTD

“Whilst we would welcome a sensible proposal to redevelop this site, this proposal is far too large and would have a significant impact on traffic and the local environment.”

Documents supporting the application say they believe it can help a growing problem.

They state: “The proposed 24 apartments within the affordable rent tenure will help reduce a pressing affordable housing need in the local authority.

“The proposed mix of one-bed and two-bed apartments responds directly to needs for this dwelling type and bedrooms required identified in the council’s most recent housing needs assessment.

The former Old Rectory site in Haughton Green, Denton. Image by GGC Media LTD

“The overall philosophy is to create a development that will improve the character of the surrounding area and create a focal point that will meet the needs of its occupiers.”

Members of the public had the chance to voice their opinion at two consultation events, although they pointed out that none of the area’s councillors attended.

They did, however, voice concerns over reports from residents of investigations or works going on at the site and the need for the area – which had previously got the go ahead to be turned inti a care home – to be brought back into an active use.

The Old Rectory was originally used as the Rectory for St. Mary’s Church and a single dwelling, with the first buildings occupying the site from 1867 before the later 20th century uses as a hotel.

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

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