Plans for 280 homes on waste recycling site

Maxilead Metals' site at the Parr Bridge Works on Mosley Common Road. Picture from Google Street View
Maxilead Metals' site at the Parr Bridge Works on Mosley Common Road. Picture from Google Street View

A waste recycling firm has submitted ambitious plans for a huge development on its current site so it can move to a new location in the borough.

Developers acting for Maxilead Metals want permission for around 280 new houses, shops, a children’s day nursery and a community centre on the Parr Bridge Works site in Mosley Common.

When taken together they represent ‘very special circumstances’ that allow the local planning authority to support this development

Report

The business needs to completely redevelop the Mosley Common Road facility so it can achieve its desired aim of moving its operations to a site near the Chanters Industrial Estate in Atherton.

The firm says it has little choice but to move as it has secured contracts to handle twice its current amount of waste but is already attracting complaints about traffic, noise and dust from people living nearby in recently-built houses.

The firm has so far submitted only an outline application but has included details of how traffic will get in and out of the new estate.

However, the application asks for building work to take place in the green belt but says there are special circumstances which could allow the development to be permitted.

Planning documents show the applicants want to build mostly three, four or five-bedroom detached houses with around 30 two-bed mews properties, 18 two-bed apartments and 10 one-bedroom apartments.

There are also plans for two restaurants and a coffee shop as well as four other retail units accessed off Mosley Common Road. Service vehicles will enter the area through Bankfield Road as there is already space for HGVs to turn around there.

Open space is planned for the southern edge of the site and there will be a linear park connecting the residential and commercial areas.

The site will also contain a Life Centre and GP surgery with other community and health services, with developers claiming this will provide a local hub which residents and councillors have said the area currently lacks.

The report acknowledges building in the green belt is usually “inappropriate” but pleads for understanding in this one case.

The report says the development removes a “bad neighbour” from the area and remediates a polluted site at the same time as finding use for an obsolete industrial estate and bringing jobs, retail space and housing to the area.

Developers also say the plan would bring environmental benefits to the area around Mosley Common Road and residents could travel using the Leigh Guided Busway.

The report concludes: “When taken together they represent ‘very special circumstances’ that allow the local planning authority to support this development.”

Consultation is under way and a decision is expected to be made in July.

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