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Stalybridge apartments approved despite parking concern
Tuesday 5th March 2019 @ 16:28 by Charlotte Green, Local Democracy Reporter
News Stalybridge Tameside

Plans for a new apartment block in Stalybridge have been given the go ahead despite councillors’ concerns that there is no parking included.

Tameside’s planning committee approved proposals to construct up to 14 flats on amenity ground off Grosvenor Street in the town.

The land is currently fenced off, derelict and unused.

Indicative plans submitted to the council show the development as a four storey block, which is similar in style to the adjoining Summers Quay.

Members of the panel welcomed the plans, but expressed concerns about the lack of any parking included in the outline designs.

Stalybridge North Councillor Adrian Pearce said: “We usually pass schemes where there has been 50 per cent or 70 per cent parking provision.

VACANT: The site adjoins the conservation area, but has a derelict appearance which it is hoped to improve.

“Here there is none and I can’t believe if there were 14 units you wouldn’t have somebody, at least three, four, five people with cars, and I can’t think of where the nearest place is where you could put them overnight.”

In their report, officers state that the site is within ‘easy walking distance’ of the bus and train station, and has ready access to local facilities and services provided by the town centre.

Dukinfield and Stalybridge Cllr Eleanor Wills added: “My concern being a local councillor will be the impact that it will have.

“I do believe it is sustainable, but I don’t believe that out of 14 residents one or two of those wouldn’t have a vehicle.”

Development manager Martyn Leigh said: “It might be that when the application comes in for reserved matters it would be looked at at that time.

“But there is no parking provision included.”

Peter Taylor, head of planning, told the panel they could note the concerns about parking in the decision, and request that this is considered when detailed plans come back to the committee.

“As part of the recommendation it needs to be said that parking is a concern,” he said.

Thomas Konarski from Inspire Planning Solutions spoke in favour of the application, arguing that the apartment complex would improve a ‘vacant and derelict’ site.

“It should be noted that the site is not within the conservation area but it does adjoin it,” he said.

“The derelict appearance of the site at the moment is harmful to the existing conservation area.

“On amenity, we have worked carefully to ensure that the neighbours would not be affected.

“There would be no adverse effect on privacy.”

The application was approved.