Councillors opposed to new ‘village’ plans

PLANS for a new Mossley ‘village’ are being opposed by town councillors.

They are unhappy with the density of dwellings proposed for the site of a former council depot and yard at Scout Green which is adjacent to Manchester Road.

Councillors heard the plans for 58 new properties was almost double the number originally earmarked for the brownfield site which is currently home to two buildings that are earmarked for demolition.

Town Council chair Cllr Frank Travis described the new application as a “substantial increase” on the previous proposal.

And Cllr Jack Homer’s suggestion the town council ought to object on the grounds of density was moved.

“On the basis of numbers, we should write saying we prefer fewer houses,” he said.

Councillors also noted in a previous application it included improvements to the bridge that accesses the site.

It was also noted that the ground, which is situated between the River Tame and Huddersfield Narrow Canal, had been subjected to previous flooding, including one major incident.

Greenfield-based company Scout Green Developments, through Leeds firm Peacock and Smith, submitted a planning application to Tameside Council to build 12 two-bedroom, 30 three-bedroom and 16 four plus bedroomed properties as well as providing 67 car parking spaces.

The development will be around a central open green which developers describe as ‘a usable open space for everyone in the development to use’.

A design statement conveys a feeling that any development at Scout Green will not have a huge impact on Mossley.

It stated: “While the main site is quite open, the site is surrounded by tall mature planting that creates a sense of isolation from all adjacent developments.

“To maximise the feeling of openness, allow light and air into the space, all the elevations on to the green are set to a maximum of two storeys with either a pitched or flat roof.”

It is expected Tameside Council’s planning committee will make a decision in early July.

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