Gorse Hill Labour

A regular blog and updates from Mike Cordingley, Councillor for Gorse Hill Ward in Trafford – Gtr Manchester.

Greatstone Hotel flats rejected by planners

By planning standards this was a hard-hitting report.

The principle of the demolition of the existing buildings and their replacement with residential development was considered acceptable.

However, for reasons set out in full later in the report, the assessment of the scheme against NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) policies relating to heritage ‘provides a clear reason for refusing the development’.

There were also other issues which weighed against the proposal relating to:

  • the design,
  • siting,
  • scale,
  • massing and bulk of the development,
  • the lack of good quality amenity space
  • and the lack of parking provision

The report also drew the members attention to the fact that most of the dwellings would not meet the nationally described space standards so the poor level of amenity was exacerbated and also indicated an overdevelopment of the site.

The proposal was for 57 apartments in an ‘L’ shaped block with a five storey frontage to Chester Road adjacent to the Gorse Hill Park gates on the site of the Greatstone Hotel.

Planning committee unanimously supported the officers’ report and refused permission on the submitted plans.

Hotel set for demolition

Councillor Mike Cordingley is a member of the planning committeee

Hampton by Hilton Hotel at Warwick Road/Chester Road refused at Appeal

The planning inspectorate dismissed the appeal against Trafford’s planning refusal on the 212 bed hotel.

The inspector cited the main issues as:

(i) the living conditions of the occupiers of adjacent residential properties, in particular on Hornby Road, by way of visual impact and outlook;

(ii) highway safety, concerning the proposed parking arrangements and the parking provision for disabled persons;

(iii) the character and appearance of the area;and,(iv) the setting of a listed building, Trafford Town Hall.

This puts an end to this particular application, one would think, although the developers can always come back with a revised application. We would hope that it would not be as tall and made more of an accommodation for Disabled customers.