In Stalybridge the Greenbelt campaign focuses on Sidebottom Fold. As an area of outstanding beauty there is a plan under the GMSF to add 650 houses. Our group is concerned with local wildlife, flood risk and the road infrastructure. Please join our Facebook Group.

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28.8.24 OA24 Sidebottom Fold (Tameside)

The area known as Sidebottom Fold, located to the east of Stalybridge, with Copley to the north, Mottram Old Road to the west and the Pennine foothills to the east will be developed as a high quality residential area. 650 new homes will be constructed, alongside supporting infrastructure and facilities. Given the sensitive landscape of this site it is important that a masterplan is developed that is sympathetic to the prominent position on the foothills of the Pennines. It will be characterised by high quality design that limits the impact on the open countryside and delivers enhancement of green and blue infrastructure in the area.

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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 a significant proportion of higher value executive homes in order to diversify the housing mix not just within the Stalybridge area but Tameside as a whole;

  2. Deliver high quality architecture (layout and design) that reflects the site’s prominent position and softens the impact on the landscape;

  3. Establish a defensible Green Belt boundary with the upland fringe 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. Achieve excellent design and sustainability through masterplanning and the use of design codes;

  6. Enhance sustainable and public transport connectivity to Stalybridge town centre, specifically linking to the railway station and providing financial contribution towards improved car parking and enhancing cycle parking facilities at the railway station;

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

  8. Provide a large amount of green and blue infrastructure through the site, including the planting of street trees, paying particular attention to retention of exiting key landscape features such as mature trees and hedgerows;

  9. Deliver a small local centre within the site, including a new health facilities;

  10. Provide financial contributions for education and health facilities including on-site provision;

  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 which will link to existing and proposed facilities, such as Stalybridge railway station, local schools, health facilities and the wider countryside;

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

  14. 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. This shall at least be informed by a Landscape Visual Impact Assessment, Tree Survey, Ecological Appraisal, Drainage Assessment and Transport Assessment.

Reasoned Justification

The site offers an opportunity in Tameside for a large-scale high quality residential development set against a background of outstanding countryside. Given the scale of the site it has potential to deliver up to 650 dwellings and will support the regeneration of Stalybridge town centre.

Local employment is accessible, but the aim is to further enhance connections and access to job opportunities through improvements to active travel and public transport in order to enhance the sustainability of the location. Stalybridge railway station can play a major role in this as it provides access to employment both in the Manchester and Leeds city regions. This will help to mitigate any additional impact on road infrastructure and therefore the scheme should contribute towards enhancing sustainable and public transport choices.

The scale of the site dictates that it is likely it could be entirely developed within the GMSF plan period. Therefore, integration of the appropriate level of education, health, and retail provision within the site is essential. This should be carried out through the appropriate masterplanning of the opportunity area. It is likely that the site will generate the need for between one and two forms of primary school entry and any requirement for additional primary school facilities should be incorporated into the site at the masterplanning stage. However, in combination with other proposed housing development within the catchment it is likely a new secondary school would be required at an appropriate location.

The site presents an opportunity to increase the green infrastructure capacity in this area. The protection and improvement of links into the open countryside through the rights of way network needs also needs to be considered. Both of these elements should form considerations at the masterplanning stage.

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