DEVELOPING the site of a former high school into 50 homes can help boost the area around it, it has been claimed.
Cube Homes, the market sale arm of Great Places Housing Group, has applied to Tameside Council to convert what was Mossley Hollins High School on Huddersfield Road.
And they believe allowing the scheme, which has been altered slightly following consultations with the public and councillors, can ‘contribute towards building a strong, responsive and competitive economy through the creation of jobs and increased expenditure in the local economy.’
They also believe: “The proposals will sustain onsite constructions jobs, together with supporting off site jobs in construction related industries.
“In the longer term it is expected that new residents will spend in the local area which will boost the local economy and sustain jobs.
“New residents will also spend on first occupation expenditure on goods that relate and services that are purchased to make a house ‘feel like a home.’”
The former Mossley Hollins site has stood empty since the school moved across Huddersfield Road in 2011 and even though it is in the green belt, it is listed as being previously developed.
Documents backing the proposal, which would see 12 semi-detached and 38 detached properties built, add: “Following their acquisition of the site, Cube Homes have prepared an alternative proposal for the site, which will be integrated into the site without a negative or incongruous effect on the landscape or the openness of the green belt.
“The key principles that have driven the proposed layout relate to the need to retain openness. make the most efficient use of this brownfield site and achieve a development that is in keeping with the character of the area, particularly its location within the ‘Dark Peak’ national character area.
“Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council will benefit from the Government’s New Home Bonus Scheme together with additional annual Council Tax payments.
“The proposals will secure the delivery of up to 50 new family homes, which will assist in meeting an identified unmet need and will contribute towards the borough’s five-year housing land supply position.
“The proposals will support the creation of strong, vibrant and healthy communities by increasing the supply of housing and delivering new homes which meet the needs of Mossley.
“They will assist in creating a high quality built environment and will ensure the delivery of residential development in a sustainable and accessible location.”
Of the properties, 20 per cent will be classed as affordable housing and if granted, almost £250,000 will be paid to assist council schemes.
The education department has requested a developer contribution of £217,786.80 towards primary and secondary places, while its highways body has requested £27,500.00.
That would see £4,500 for upgrading the footway between Huddersfield Road and The Limes as this route is used by pupils from Mossley Hollins School accessing the bus stop on Winterford Road.
£12,000 would be spent on a pedestrian island on Huddersfield Road, while £2,500 would upgrade pedestrian crossing facilities at the Winterford Road/Huddersfield Road Junction.
Another £8,500 would be used for upgrades to public rights of way in the vicinity of the development.
Tameside Council’s Speakers Panel (Planning) committee will decide whether to grant or refuse planning permission.