Controversial plans for 91 homes on the green belt in Tameside attract scores of objections

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Residents in Tameside are unhappy about plans to build a housing estate on the green belt in Hyde, with 140 objections submitted to the council.

Controversial plans for a new housing estate in the green belt in Tameside have attracted scores of objections from unhappy residents.

Metacre Limited has applied to Tameside Council to build 91 homes on land at Matley Lane in Hyde, which is currently open countryside.

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The planning statement acknowledges the site is ‘located wholly within the green belt’ and would need very special circumstances to gain planning permission. However, the applicant states it would meet an ‘acute local housing need’ and deliver ecological benefits.

“Although the landscape is pleasant in itself and appears to be well used for recreation, the strong visual connectivity with distant Manchester centre and its western settlements influences the character and experience for walkers in this area and prevents a feeling of tranquillity, even on more remote footpaths in the hills,” supporting documents state.

The plans have so far received an overwhelmingly negative response from residents, with 140 objections compared to one supporting comment.

What is the developer proposing?

The proposed development site covers a total of 4.68 hectares, and is spread across two parcels, one an irregular shaped area of grassland and the other of a grassy area separated from the main area by a footpath and hedgerow.

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Under the proposals there would be 74 properties for market housing, 14 affordable swellings and space for three self-build units.

Access to the development is proposed to be created from Matley Lane and the north of the site is proposed to be designated for an area of self build homes.

The site off Matley Lane proposed for 91 homes. Photo: MetacreThe site off Matley Lane proposed for 91 homes. Photo: Metacre
The site off Matley Lane proposed for 91 homes. Photo: Metacre | Metacre

A design and access report by Influence, on behalf of Metacre Ltd states: “The application presents a scheme that is appropriate to the setting of the site, with the intention to provide a proposal that can be built out at a sympathetic scale, form and massing and with the use of appropriate materials.

“This is a landscape-led proposal which has duly considered its green belt designation location. The design concept seeks to harmonise the unique landscape opportunities presented by the site with a scheme that is also safe, secure and easy to live in and visit.”

A decision on the plans would be made by the planning committee, with officers estimating that it would not be debated until June later this year.

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