Former school site to be turned into homes after go ahead

A FORMER school site will be transformed into housing after planning permission was granted.

What was Mossley Hollins High, on Huddersfield Road, will now be converted to 12 three-bedroomed semi-detached and 38 four-bedroomed detached properties.

Seven of the smaller houses will be affordable with four for affordable rent and three provided on a shared ownership basis.

Former Mossley Hollins site | Photo by Gemma Carter

Opponents told a meeting of Tameside Council’s Speaker’s Panel (Planning) committee on Wednesday, December 13 they were concerned about the layout of the boundaries presenting the opportunity for anti-social behaviour and the effect that may have on their properties.

They believed a 9ft high fence should be erected on the Huddersfield Road side of the site and voiced frustrations at not getting a reply from applicants Cube Homes.

However, they were told the three properties nearest existing homes will be angled so any windows looking towards them will be for non-habitable rooms.

They were also told: “The proposals represent a betterment of the current position.”

Plans for the former Mossley Hollins High School site on Huddersfield Road

Cllr Doreen Dickinson voiced worries about increased traffic on Huddersfield Road, particularly if the nearby 175-home proposal on land between Hey Farm estate and the new Mosley Hollins High school is developed.

She also told how the area at its junction with Mottram Road in Stalybridge is among the highest areas in the country for polluted air and spoke of a need for a ‘cross country road’ to Wakefield Road.

However, this proposal was unanimously approved at the planning meeting.

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