Apethorn Lane and Hyde Hall

28.8.25 OA25 South Tameside (Tameside)

The South Tameside strategic allocation comprises the following two areas:

West – Land at Hyde Hall Farm

East – Land south west of Apethorne Lane, north west of the A560 and east of the Hyde – Woodley railway line and land east of the A560 at Bowlacre Farm.

Together they have potential to deliver up to 935 dwellings.

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If you would like to see this allocation in more detail on the GMSF Consultation map please click here (this will open in a new window)

The development of the sites will need to:

  1. Deliver a range of housing, including a range of sizes, tenures and a considerable proportion of higher value development;

  2. Achieve excellent design and sustainability through masterplanning and the use of design codes;

  3. Establish a defensible Green Belt boundary by means of design and layout of the scheme at the masterplanning stage;

  4. Create sensitive and well-designed landscape buffers where the new development adjoins the countryside;

  5. Provide enabling development, based on a clear phasing strategy that allows for full restoration of the following listed buildings: Grade II* Hyde Hall, Grade II Quadrangle of buildings at Hyde Hall and the Grade II* Apethorne Farmhouse. This will take place within the early stages of development;

  6. Provide a large amount of green and blue infrastructure through the sites including the protection and enhancement of the adjacent ecological assets, particularly Horse Close Wood SBI – ancient woodland and covered by group tree preservation order; Pole Bank SBI – ancient woodland and covered by group tree preservation order and Bowlacre Clough – large group TPO;

  7. Retain and enhance the other key landscape features such as mature trees and hedgerows that fall outside of the larger areas of green infrastructure;

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

  9. Provide financial contributions for education and health facilities including, where appropriate, on-site provision;

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

  11. Provide enhanced walking and cycling infrastructure which will connect into the existing rights of way, including National Cycle Route 62 Trans-Pennine Trail, local schools, services, facilities and where appropriate provide contributions to improve facilities at nearby railway stations;

  12. Provide on-site parks, sports provision and play equipment; and

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

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 in order to deliver the Garden Village vision. This shall at least be informed by a Landscape Visual Impact Assessment, Tree Survey, Ecological Appraisal, Drainage Assessment and Transport Assessment.

Reasoned Justification

These sites, because of their smaller scale, represent an opportunity to deliver housing quickly in the early years of the GMSF plan period. The semi-rural setting with an existing network of green infrastructure provides the potential for delivering some high quality housing in an attractive housing market area.

Development of these sites would give new residents access to existing active travel and recreation opportunities based around National Cycle Route 62, quiet lanes, footpaths and the Peak Forest Canal.

It will be essential that these areas do not collectively put additional strain on existing infrastructure. Therefore, development will either be mitigated through a combination of on-site provision, for example through providing highway infrastructure improvements or through the provision of financial contributions for education or health facilities.



This is an area of outstanding beauty and one of the three main areas impacted under GMSF


If you have not already submitted your complaint and commments to the framework there is now a video available which will help to guide you through the process



All is not lost – Some Good news at last Residents of Apethorn Lane may have some good news after all. This is in no small part to one very persistent and patient resident Dave Morten who has spent many hours ploughing through the Framework documents to formulate objections and to raise points with our MP and Councillors. Considering the number of documents this is no small task. When you combine this with planning regulations and Greenbelt regulations its a nightmare. Following Daves holiday he returned to the following letter from our local MP Jonathan Reynolds. I was rather sceptical of our MP but after reading the letter it does make a few points a lot clearer. I now understand for example that the concept of Godley Green Village is being pushed as it produces maximum houses with the ability to put road schemes all in one place in one go rather than splitting the efforts across several sites. Although I understand this concept better now it still does not help those affected by the development in Godley Green. But it does help Apethorn Lane residents as the MP Sees that the Apethorn Development goes against the principles of of Greenbelt in that it separates Woodley from Gee Cross and any building on the land will blur the direct boundary and SSIs between the two areas. As such he is against its use. This is a major starting point in defence of the field. It does not mean the fight is over but the lack of support by the MP and councillors for this area should tip the balance in Apethorn’s favour.

Please read the letter in full by clicking Here

I really need details from the Godley Green area activists. How this area will be affected and what it is going to destroy. Pictures and your objections. I have loads of stuff from Bowlacre, Apethorn, Stalybridge but not Godley.  

Greater Manchester Spacial framework Plan

Tameside Council working with the other councils making up Greater Manchester are working on a new new plan to develop and biuld some 13000 new homes across Tameside. This is being forced through by the councils with little public involvement. The councils have not made the public aware of the full details of this project. This website has been created as central location to assist in fighting the council proposals to destroy much of our Greenbelt land on the edges of Tameside. We must all work together to stop the destruction of our Green Areas which give Tameside its character. We do not have long left to make our objectionsand comments to this scheme the consultation ends on the 23rd December 2016 the clock is ticking.

Fighting against destruction