Apartments proposed for former Reporter offices
Thursday 17th January 2019 @ 15:49 by Lauren Entwistle
Stalybridge Tameside

Plans are back in the pipeline to convert the former Reporter newspaper offices in Stalybridge into apartments.

Initial proposals to convert the office building, which has been empty for a number of years, into ten one and two bedroom apartments were rejected by Tameside Council planners because of the lack of a report concerning land contamination and environmental issues.

However, the proposal has been resubmitted with assessments, including flood risk and mining reports, plus transport and noise impact statements.

The plans for the apartments include parking for residents and landscaping.

It notes the building has suffered significant vandalism inside with lighting features, furniture and roof tiles removed and walls and ceiling tiles damaged.

Outside however the structure is sound and the surrounding area merely overgrown.

Historically the site stands on what was once Stalybridge gas works, which became disused in 1966, with the site then being used for offices from 1971.

The report notes that the main concern regarding contaminants comes from the site’s historical association with the gas works.

Previous reports suggest the site itself was a building / yard area and not actually part of the active gas works.

However, the report lists contaminants associated with gas works and notes the building is of an age that it could contain asbestos – although this is unknown without further testing.

Risks associated with developing the site are therefore considered moderate to low, but an intrusive ground investigation is recommended to establish the ground conditions so that appropriate health and safety measures could be employed if the site were developed.

A specialist asbestos survey is also advised prior to any works on the site being undertaken.

Tameside Council will now consider the development proposals again.