OLDHAM BATTERIES – Planning Update

SCR_TAM_OldhamBatteries151014_01I wanted to update you on the Oldham Batteries housing application in Denton.

I have now had confirmation that the planning application is going to the Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday 25th March.

The meeting will be at Dukinfield Town Hall at 10am, and the public are welcome to attend.

The Agenda and Reports can be viewed here:  http://www.tameside.gov.uk/speakerspanel/planning/25mar15/agenda

The recommendation to the Panel is to refuse the planning application, primarily because the Council commissioned an independent study of the roads around the site, which concluded there would be a “severe” impact on traffic flows at Crown Point which is already operating over-capacity, and adding to existing congestion along Hyde Road, Edward Street and Ashton Road.

Members of the Panel are not bound by the Council’s recommendations, and will listen to the arguments for and against the development before coming to a decision. Should they agree with the recommendation to refuse planning permission, the developer also has the right to appeal to the national Planning Inspectorate.

I will update residents on what happens at the meeting. Councillor Allison Gwynne will be addressing the Panel on behalf of the many objections that have been submitted.

Finally, I also understand the Council are keen to open a discussion with Langtree to facilitate the link road, a commercial element to the development of the site, and a remedy to the old Co-op building. Langtree might be more open to discussion once the planning meeting is out of the way. We’ll see.

ANDREW GWYNNE MP

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