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Former pub could become shared house
Wednesday 28th November 2018 @ 09:16 by Lauren Entwistle
Droylsden News

A closed down pub could become a shared house under new plans submitted to planning chiefs.

By Charlotte Green, local democracy reporter.

The Gardener’s Arms pub in Droylsden shut in October last year and has been empty ever since.

Now Dinesh Chinta has applied to Tameside council for permission to turn the ground floor of the Edge Lane building into a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

In the past the pub had been previously owned by Manchester United goalie Des O’Connor, who had also been a doorman in one of George Best’s clubs.

If approved, the Gardener’s Arms would be converted to feature six bedrooms, with a mix of double and single beds.

There are no plans to alter the exterior look of the building, but only to make internal modifications.

It would see the old dance floor, conservatory and bar area turned into sleeping areas and a lounge.

Under the proposals, two extra parking spaces would be added to be used for residents and visitors, to bring the total up to nine.

In addition to HMO bedroom accommodation, the proposals would also provide a communal kitchen and dining areas, as well as communal toilets and bathrooms.

In his submission to the council, Mr Chinta says that the pub is in a ‘sustainable’ location with good public transport links, which suits HMO tenants as they are generally on lower incomes.

The design and access statement adds: “The site is also sustainably located close to the local centre with many desirable amenities including bus routes, road/tram networks, shops, schools and employment opportunities in the neighbouring context.”

Earlier this year, Mr Chinta was given permission by the town hall to turn a former care home in Dukinfield into a new shared house.

The Holly Grange house, on Oxford Street, has 27 bedrooms – but officers said it was considered that a condition limiting the total number of residents occupying the development at any one time would not be enforceable.

Previously a building only needed a separate licence to be run as an HMO if it included more than three storeys of accommodation.

But as of October this year, the rules have changed meaning both shared houses will need to be licensed by the council before residents can move in.