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Almost 200 Mossley ‘executive homes’ take a step closer to becoming reality

Up to 175 new ‘executive’ homes could soon be built on farmland in Mossley after initial plans were given the green light by Tameside Council.

The high-end homes, which the applicant says would help tackle the shortage of ‘executive’ properties in the area off Huddersfield Road. The sloping site sits between Hey Farm Estate and Mossley Hollins High School.

The layout of the development, which was first proposed in 2019, could look is still subject to change, but the mix of homes is expected to contain two and three-storey houses as well as apartments.

The site, which is currently farmland, is thought to be in a good location as it is within a stone’s throw of schools, shops, medical facilities, sport and recreational facilities. After a planning panel approval back in December 2023, the final sign off has been published for the outline application of development.

Planning papers read: “The proposed development will assist the council in achieving its economic aspirations, through providing a mix of house types with a high proportion of executive type detached dwellings which attract higher skilled workers, hence resulting in an improved level of inward investment to the borough. 

“One important factor to consider is the proximity to Mossley Hollins High School, which is currently rated by Ofsted as Outstanding in all criteria.

This will carry considerable weight in terms of marketing prior to and during the site being developed. 

“Prospective purchasers of the dwellings will likely be aware of the current high level of demand for entry to the school which will assist in achieving a desirable housing development.”

During a public consultation, Mossley residents expressed concerns over traffic problems and flooding on Huddersfield Road, near to Hey Farm.

Over 500 objections were lodged with the council before it was approved at the planning panel last year.

The application agent Cordingleys said 80 per cent of nearby primary schools were not oversubscribed, and dentists were accepting new patients.

They added there were a number of residents in favour of the plans, and they received ‘positive feedback’.

The applicant, Mrs E Bissill’s Marriage Settlement Reversionary, was expected to sell the land to a developer if this application was approved, according to previous reports. Any developer would need to submit an application for full planning permission with further detail on their plans before any building work could commence.

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