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GREATER MANCHESTER: All the key developments planned for Greater Manchester this week

The demolition of Kearsley driving range and the refurbishment of a section of Stalybridge Celtic’s stadium into a fan zone are the big applications in Greater Manchester this week.

The golf centre in Bolton shut up shop last year and now the driving range area looks like it could be turned into large family homes if these latest plans get approved. Over in Stalybridge there is hope a new fan zone could help boost fan numbers and add to the club coffers.

Elsewhere in Greater Manchester there are more housing developments and school expansions planned.

Here is a breakdown of each borough’s submitted planning applications this week


Driving range could be transformed into houses

Kearsley Golf Centre may soon demolish their driving range and erect seven new homes, if plans are approved.

Due to an ongoing decline in customer numbers and a huge increase in running costs, the family run business was forced to close in January 2023 after decades of trading. The site initially formed part of a much larger golf course and over time, land has been sold off to other owners for non-recreational purposes.

The seven new homes would contain three bedrooms as well as gardens and private driveways.


No new significant planning applications have been submitted to Bury Council this week.


No new significant planning applications have been submitted to Manchester Council this week.


Plans for new 160 acre urban farm and nature park

Charity Northern Roots submitted plans that will take them one step closer to fulfilling their vision – a 160-acre urban farm and nature park in the middle of Alexandra. 

The plans are related to the development of two hectares of land next to Alexandra Park into a community allotment. The allotment will feature growing tunnels, a barn, chicken coop and herb garden along with a community hub and forestry centre. 

According to planning agents ARUP, the idea is to “create a destination for learning, leisure and growth to benefit the environment and improve health, wellbeing and livelihoods.”


Five-storey residential tower block planned for town centre

A new five-storey apartment block could soon be built in Rochdale town centre – if plans are approved.

The proposals would see 33 one-bed apartments built on vacant land off Drake Street – the former home of Ivesons, a local furnishings and carpet retailer. Following vacancy in 1998 the Ivesons stores fell into disrepair before ultimately being demolished in the early 21st century.

According to applicant Cassel & Fletcher, the site has now become an eyesore which would be replaced by an apartment complex which is part-four, part-five storeys tall. 


Plans for new Salford University building

A planning application has been submitted for a new Salford University building. 

The proposed three-storey site would house public-facing clinical facilities that support skills-based learning, offering healthcare services to the local community whilst providing students with placement hours fulfilment. 

It’s part of the University of Salford’s School of Health and Society and would offer public facing community care, and includes clinic, treatment and teaching spaces, staff and student facilities, a café space, accessible roof space, and a gym.


£20 million Marple Community Hub

A planning application has been submitted for a new £20 million community hub in Marple. 

It marks a step forward for the project which is set to kickstart regeneration in the town. The scheme would see Marple Library demolished along with the existing police station and health clinic, to be replaced with the new community and leisure facility. 

Stockport council was awarded £20 million of levelling up funds in March 2023 which it will use for the Marple Community Hub.

Plans for new café and wine bar in former hardware shop in Stockport

Plans to turn a former hardware store in Stockport into a new café and wine bar have been put up for consultation by Stockport Council. 

A planning application has been submitted for the former Cheadle Plumbing and Hardware shop unit on the Old Rectory Gardens, just by Wilmslow Road, in Cheadle. The plans propose turning the site into a café bar that would serve the likes of craft coffee and deli goods throughout the day, alongside wine and cheese in the evening. 

If approved, the plans would see a new outdoor area constructed to provide further seating for customers.


New fan zone planned for Bower Fold stadium in Stalybridge

Stunning images have shown what the new bespoke fan zone made from shipping containers at Stalybridge Celtic’s stadium would look like.

If Tameside Council gives the green light, the Bower Fold stadium would get a new fan zone containing two bars, a cafe and a play area. This would be situated on the underutilised stretch of concrete just behind the turnstiles on the northeast entrance.


Plans for extension and major improvements to special school

Plans have been submitted for an extension and major improvements to Brentwood High School and Sixth Form College in Sale.

If approved the scheme will include a new teaching wing to the school for 11 to 19-year-olds with severe learning difficulties and autism, opened in 2016. The intention is for the school to increase its capacity from 150 to 230 pupils.


No new significant planning applications have been submitted to Wigan Council this week. 

The ones submitted mainly related to minor changes to already approved applications.

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