Community centre to be demolished and replaced with flats

Flowery Field Community Centre in Hyde.

A former community centre is to be knocked down and the site redeveloped with a new apartment block for adults with disabilities.

Members of Tameside’s planning committee have approved plans for the demolition of the Flowery Field Community Centre in Hyde.

Homes for Life Ltd had applied to build a three storey apartment block comprising of 12 flats on the land at Spring Gardens.

Planning officer Steven Kirkham told the planning meeting that the centre is currently unoccupied and ‘not serving a community centre function’.

“The building is in a poor condition requiring significant investment and this has resulted directly into a declining use from community groups,” he said.

“The community centre building sits at odds with what is now the established character.

“The application seeks to achieve comprehensive redevelopment of the site to provide 12 one bedroomed apartments.

“The form of accommodation would provide independent living for occupants with disabilities who need very limited support.”

Mr Kirkham added: “While somewhat regrettable, the loss of the community facility can be tolerated and with associated need demand being met elsewhere within the Flowery Field and Hyde area.

“The housing will provide much needed and welcomed affordable accommodation.”

There had been eight letters of objection received over the plans, raising issues over loss of privacy, the scale of the development and overlooking.

Agent Jim Seymour, speaking on behalf of the application said: “The proposal would efficiently and effectively re-use this brownfield site for 12 new apartments within a highly accessible residential area in Tameside.”

He added the flats would be rented through a registered provider.

The apartments would also include facilities to allow staff to be present on the site.

There would be six parking spaces for the apartments, which would be access from a dropped crossing onto Spring Street.

Around £4,000 would be allocated to local highways initiatives and £8,500 towards local green space improvements through a Section 106 agreement.

The application was passed unanimously by councillors.

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