Ashton Moss, Droylsden and Littlemoss

Ashton Moss features in the GMSF spatial framework. This is an area prone to traffic congestion.

28.4.1 EG1 Little Moss/Ashton Moss (Tameside)

The Littlemoss – Ashton Moss Opportunity Area provides a sustainable mixed use development opportunity and should include around 1,980 new homes, 200,000 m2 of employment floors pace (B1(c) and B2) and enhanced sports facilities. It consists of three zones:

  • Ashton Moss West: covering land west of the M60, south of the Ashton-Manchester railway line and north of the A6140 Lord Sheldon Way.
  • Littlemoss: covering two parcels – Land to the north of Lumb Lane, west of the M60, south of the disused Hollinwood Branch Canal including the former Littlemoss School site to the west of Lumb Lane; and the area south of Lumb Lane, west of the M60 and north of the Ashton-Manchester railway Line.
  • Ashton West: including Ashton Sports Park – covering land to the south of Lumb Lane/Newmarket Street, east of the M60, north of the Ashton-Manchester railway line and west of Richmond Street.

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The development of the site will need to:

  1. Deliver a broad mix of types, size and tenure of housing, including starter homes and higher value executive homes in order to diversify the housing mix not just within the Droylsden and Ashton-under-Lyne areas but Tameside as a whole.

  2. Ensure that the layout, design and architecture are of outstanding quality – integrated into the landscape and with walkable neighbourhoods;

  3. Achieve excellent design and sustainability through masterplanning and the use of design codes for the whole site to ensure comprehensive development;

  4. Deliver higher density residential development around the proposed Droylsden Station to the north east of the site;

  5. Provide a large amount of new green infrastructure throughout the site by enhancing existing assets, including the extensive group Tree Preservation Order (TPO) at Jaum Farm. This should be achieved by creating a linear green infrastructure corridor running alongside the M60 and linking through to the Hollinwood Branch Canal Local Nature Reserve to the north of Lumb Lane;

  6. Retain and enhance the key landscape features such as ponds, mature trees and hedgerows that fall outside of the larger areas of existing and proposed green infrastructure;

  7. Enable the remediation of the Ashton Moss West site (including a strategy for the removal and relocation of the peat);

  8. Provide infrastructure improvements: a new Droylsden Station (including a passing loop if required) and a new road linking the Littlemoss area across the railway line and on to Lord Sheldon Way via a new road bridge;

  9. Deliver major employment development on the Ashton Moss West site providing a range of industrial units suitable for the key employment sectors of the borough;

  10. Protect and enhance the heritage assets within the site and their setting: Grade II* listed buildings (Buckley Hill Farmhouse, Lumb Lane) and Grade II Barn to west of Buckley Hill Farmhouse, Lumb Lane (south-east side);

  11. Existing dwellings and their gardens need to be sensitively designed into the overall scheme;

  12. Create walkable neighbourhoods within the scheme which will provide enhanced walking and cycling infrastructure connecting into existing public rights of way including a greenway running the length of the proposed corridor of green infrastructure adjacent to the M60 and connecting to the proposed Droylsden railway station;

  13. Protect and enhance Ashton Sports Park, enabling improvement and expansion of facilities; and

  14. Provide good quality highway infrastructure to allow access and egress to the site, including key road junctions and off-site highway improvements;

  15. Provide a small local centre, health facilities, primary school, public open space and sports provision either through on-site provision or financial contributions;

  16. Incorporate Sustainable Urban Drainage within the site, for example, through the use of green roofs, permeable surfaces, swales and detention basins; and

  17. Incorporate sensitively designed landscape led noise mitigation buffer along the M60 and between the proposed residential and industrial zones.

Prior to submission of any planning application, the landowners/developers will be expected to work with the Local Planning Authority to develop a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the site which will include the preparation of masterplan (including a phasing plan) and design code to guide future planning applications and development. This shall at least be informed by a Landscape Visual Impact Assessment, Heritage Appraisal, Tree Survey, Ecological Appraisal, Drainage Assessment and Transport Assessment.


Reasoned Justification

The site offers an opportunity for a sustainable mixed use development at a location that is well connected to the existing local and strategic road network, particularly the M60. However, in order to encourage less private car use it will be necessary to enhance the public transport alternatives including direct rail access to Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester through provision of a new railway station for Droylsden and improved access to Metrolink at Ashton Moss.

The site is well located in relation to some existing facilities, including Droyslden town centre, Droylsden Academy and Fairfield High School for Girls. Despite this existing secondary provision it is likely that some additional capacity will need to be provided at these locations. With regards to primary schools provision the development is likely to generate the need for a single entry primary school and it is expected that this will be delivered within the opportunity area.

The existing green infrastructure characteristics of the site are a key asset which need retaining and enhancing. This should be carefully considered at the masterplanning stage. It is envisaged that the development will be characterised by a high quality green infrastructure corridor and enhanced active travel infrastructure.

The provision of these facilities and a link road and new station will improve accessibility and sustainability whilst also helping to mitigate against any adverse impacts, such as increased traffic congestion in Droylsden.

Delivery of the quantum of housing and employment floorspace proposed is likely to extend beyond the plan period and phasing of infrastructure provision will need to be considered in some detail.


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