New ‘vil­lage’ for for­mer mill site

Glossop Advertiser - - News - Todd Fitzger­ald

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

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