Green by name only as housing plan is criticised by Mossley Town Council

A proposed new development for 41 houses close to a local beauty spot has been branded “obscene.”

And Mossley Town Council has objected to the outline planning application for the site of a former Tameside Council Highways Depot at Scout Green off Manchester Road.

The application is to build 41 homes and six “live/work” units on the 1.7 acres site situated between the River Tame and Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

“Cramming 41 houses on that site seems quite obscene to me,” Cllr Ellie Shember-Critchley told the February meeting of the Town Council at George Lawton Hall.

“It is an ex industrial site but occupies a special place. It is a beautiful, natural area.

“I know, unfortunately, the Council can’t stipulate a high level of sustainability in applications which to me is criminal.

“Any residential application on there I would only be interested in houses that show low carbon and sensitivity to the site.”

Clr Frank Travis added: “I think it will be a difficult one for the planners to resist because of the presumption residential applications will be approved.

“But I thought the application I saw was a very poor layout and presentation.”

The Council agreed to submit an objection to Tameside Council planners.


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