Work to ready site for show­room ap­proved

Stockport Express - - Your Views - ALEX SCAPENS alex.scapens@men­media.co.uk @AlexS­capen­sMEN

PER­MIS­SION has been given to pre­pare a derelict site for the build­ing of a car show­room de­spite con­cerns over as­bestos.

A Stock­port coun­cil plan­ning com­mit­tee ap­proved a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion from LSH Auto Prop­er­ties for land at Brighton Road, Heaton Mersey.

It asked for per­mis­sion to clear ex­ist­ing build­ings and veg­e­ta­tion at the 4,650sq m site, as well as di­vert sew­ers and build on­site stor­age fa­cil­i­ties, of­fices and park­ing for con­trac­tors.

This ‘early works’ will ready the area for the even­tual build­ing of a car show­room.

But the ap­pli­ca­tion caused ob­jec­tions from nearby tile firm Hulme and Potts over as­bestos con­cerns.

A coun­cil re­port that was given to the plan­ning com­mit­tee sum­marised the com­plaint and said: “As­bestos fi­bres and lag­ging has been found on the site, some of which is close to the Hulme and Potts build­ing.

“Con­cerns (are) over wel­fare of ten­ants, staff and vis­i­tors to the build­ing. No fur­ther work should be car­ried out un­til all as­bestos ma­te­rial has been re­moved and no fur­ther haz­ard is present.

“(The firm has) al­ready had to en­dure the de­mo­li­tion of ex­ist­ing build­ings on site with con­sid­er­able dust and noise hav­ing af­fected busi­ness with staff com­plain­ing of headaches and other ill­nesses which were linked to the de­mo­li­tion works.”

The re­port also stated though that no con­cerns had been raised that were grounds for re­fus­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion and the ‘pro­posal was con­sid­ered ac­cept­able’.

It is hoped the work, which will also see hoard­ings put up to pro­tect the site, will de­ter van­dal­ism.

The area has been hit by de­lib­er­ate fires in the last month, with waste in­clud­ing win­dow frames, scrap metal and gas cylin­ders set alight.

Over­head tele­phone lines were also dam­aged and those re­spon­si­ble were urged to stay away.

At the same meet­ing per­mis­sion was also given for Sta­tion 22 Restau­rant, on Sta­tion Road, Chea­dle Hulme, to turn part of its rear car park into an eat­ing area.

And a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to de­mol­ish an ex­ist­ing build­ing and re­place it with a de­tached house at Nor­bury Farm, Jack­son Lane, Hazel Grove, was also given ap­proval.

●●Land at Brighton Road, Heaton Mersey, where a car show­room is planned

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