MOSSLEY could be home to a new ‘village’ after plans were submitted to build 58 new properties.
Grasscroft-based company Scout Green Developments, via Leeds firm Peacock and Smith, has submitted an application to Tameside Council to build the large development on the site of a former council depot and yard at Scout Green, adjacent to Manchester Road.
If approved, it will see 12 two-bedroom, 30 three-bedroom and 16 four plus bedroomed properties built between the River Tame and the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, as well as 67 car parking spaces.
The centre point will be an open green, which developers describe as ‘a usable open space for everyone in the development to use’.
They also say the fact it will be surrounded by high trees will make it ‘hidden’, even though some of the properties will be four storeys high.
A design statement conveys the feeling that any development of Scout Green, currently home to two buildings which will be demolished, will not have a huge impact on Mossley.
It states: “While the main site is quite open, the site is surrounded by tall mature planting that create a sense of isolation from all the adjacent developments.
“To maximise the feeling of openness, allow light and air into the space, all the elevations on to the “green” are set at a maximum of two storeys with either a pitched roof or flat roof.
“The further advantage of the lack of height adjacent to the green creates a sense of “friendliness” to the development, and a lack of overbearing or intimidation.
“The height of the mature trees around the site creates a backdrop to the site and the properties and the four storey homes adjacent to the canal are still significantly lower than the trees.
“The site is significantly lower than Manchester Road, and together with the screening provided by the mature trees the site is a ‘hidden’ development and the approach has always been to create a development that few will know about, due to the lack of visual connection.
“We wanted to create a village, where a cross-section of people can live, creating a community that acknowledges difference in the size of properties, but focused around a village green.
“The green becomes the focal point of the development, taking away the token garden fronts that some developments have and creating a community space that is large enough for kids to play, for a community day and for families to come together.”
Despite the developers’ insistence the new ‘village’ would be tucked away, the prospect of such a big project concerns many people.
However, the application states that it being built will not affect a cycle route along the canal nor areas that are popular with walkers and dog walkers.
And while Mossley councillor Stephen Homer does not have a huge problem with the proposal, particularly as it is a brownfield site, he would like to see a social housing element, of which there is not believed to be one.
He said: “I’d love to see more social housing as we’re looking at the gentrification of Mossley as people born and bred here can’t afford to live here any more.
“I’d love to see something more affordable. I know people who have had to move from the town as they can’t afford to be here.
“It’s a brownfield site and if you’re going to develop something, develop a brownfield site.
“There is an element of recreational space in the form of a ‘village green’ while some developers just pile as many properties as they can on sites.
“However, one worry is the impact it would have on services. The train is barely even what you would call a service and there are schools and doctors’ surgeries and things like that to consider – are there enough places there?
“I don’t think the level there is now can be sustained for the long term but I get a lot of people saying, ‘We need more houses. We can’t stay in the town as they’re just not building them’.
However, there are also people who don’t want them.”
Developers also say they aim to use where possible local materials in order to reduce emissions from vehicles transporting them.
Tameside Council’s planning committee will decide whether to accept or reject the proposal, which was submitted on April 5.
It is believed an announcement will be made in early July.