Denton MP, Andrew Gwynne, has responded to the appeal lodged by developers who want to build on a small pocket of protected open space at Catherine Street West in Denton.
The land is the only ‘green buffer’ between the small residential community near to Denton’s Sainsbury’s store and the busy M67/A57 transport corridor and has been designated as “protected open space” in the Tameside Unitary Development Plan for more than two decades.
Last year, following objections by local residents, Denton West’s Councillors and the MP, Tameside Council refused planning permission on the site, citing its important protected status and the poor air quality in the immediate area, which is predominantly an industrial area. Since then, the developer has appealed to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate, who does have the power to either uphold Tameside Council’s decision, or overturn it.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I have a proud record of standing alongside local residents and the Denton West Councillors to protect our local amenity spaces. Any development of this open space will destroy the only immediate buffer residents have between their homes and the heavily noise and air polluting M67 and A57 and that’s just not on.
“I very much hope the Inspector will agree with the right decision made by Tameside Council and refuse this act of local environmental vandalism”.