New ‘village’ for former mill site
PLANS for a new ‘urban village’ on the site of a former 18th century Tameside cotton mill have been unveiled.
The 127-home ‘ Victoria Gardens’ development in Droylsden would be made up of one and two-bed apartments and townhouses.
Developers DeTrafford Estates have applied for planning permission for the huge project at the Victoria Mill site.
Although originally approved in 2015, building work has still not started because additional details about how the site would be landscaped were needed before the council would allow ground to be broken.
The land, off Buckley Street, is designated as brownfield land, but is in a conservation area.
Council papers reveal 26 objections have been tabled.
Residents have complained about the potential loss of privacy.
Some wrote that the largest apartment block would have a ‘detrimental effect’ on the ‘psychological, physical and emotional wellbeing’ of residents at neighbouring Hilson Court.
But planning officers have recommended the plans for approval.
They said it was an opportunity to revitalise part of the town centre through redeveloping a ‘derelict under-utilised site’.
“The development proposed will result in land uses beneficial to the town centre and would represent a significant economic benefit to the locality by creating jobs and bringing a significant number of residents and, as a consequence, increased expenditure within the locality,” they added.
Concerns about the loss of employment space were outweighed by the benefits of the regeneration and the contribution to housing, officers said.
Developers say a ‘sensitive’ landscaping scheme would be put in place as part of the masterplan, including a ‘communal orchard’ and a natural play area for children.
Once the current buildings are demolished, trees and meadow flowers would be planted which would create a ‘sense of place’, according to the design and access statement.
“This framework or green infrastructure will be designed and managed to deliver a wide range of ‘quality of life’ and environmental benefits for local community,” the design report by Urban Green adds.
The developer would also create courtyards, a public square, and car parking, as well as a community facility which could have a variety of uses, and some commercial or retail space.
Urban Green adds: “The community spaces and general landscape must be user friendly, beautiful, elegant and have a timeless quality that promotes a true sense of home.”
●● How the new development would look