Work to ready site for showroom approved
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