Words by Gary Carter
EIGHT new houses and six apartments may be built on the site of a commercial unit in Mossley if plans get the go ahead.
And a new road may be created close to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.
McKay Homes is looking for permission to build the properties on the site of the now former B&H Precision Tooling firm on Egmont Street.
The firm is trying to buy the land the company stood on before it relocated to the Reddish area of Stockport in December 2016, despite talks with Tameside Council.
But a purchase will not go through without at least outline permission being granted.
Plans for residential developments in the area have been granted before but a global slump in the housing market meant nothing was ever built.
Now this latest proposal will see eight four-bedroomed properties built closest to the canal, with six two-bedroomed apartments in a new block opposite.
The current unit will be demolished as part of the plan.
And a warning has been given that failure to grant permission could see the area remain empty for years.
In a planning statement to the council, it is explained: “The site combined with adjoining land owned by Palletman & Sons has been subject to a series of planning applications and approvals for residential development use, the most recent being obtained early in 2017.
“Due to a significant reduction in current land values compared with those when planning permission was initially granted in circa 2008, Palletman & Sons have opted not to sell their land at this juncture and continue to operate a business from the site.
“B&H Precision Tooling also remain in operation although due to expansion of the company, they have relocated to Reddish despite significant attempts to remain within the borough.
“The vacant site has now become a financial and security burden on B&H Precision Tooling who has therefore taken the sensible steps to market this site as a development opportunity.
“In the absence of an isolated approval being granted, it is highly likely that the B&H Precision Tooling site will remain empty for many years to come.
“The site has been actively marketed over recent years in attempts to attract both industrial operations those wishing to take on a development opportunity.
“This exercise has attracted only developers and investors who are looking to develop the site for residential use.
“McKay Homes Ltd is in the process of purchasing the land from B&H Precision Tooling however, the completion of sale is subject to Outline Planning Permission being granted for residential development on those parts only within the ownership of B&H Precision Tooling.”
McKay Homes, based in Broadbottom, have employed Cordingleys to handle the application, which has not yet been decided upon by Tameside Council.