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:
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.
Councillor Mike Cordingley is a member of the planning committeee
101651/FUL/20 | Erection of a 13 storey building to provide 88 residential apartments (Use Class C3) with associated infrastructure and landscaping. | Site Of Former MKM House Warwick Road Stretford M16 0XX
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.
The Greatstone Hotel, next to the grade two-listed Gorse Park entrance on Chester Road, could be demolished to make way for 69 apartments, under outline plans submitted by the hotel’s owner Dowd & Company.
100400/OUT/20 | The demolition of existing retail unit and associated structures; erection of buildings for a mix of use including: 333 apartments (use class C3) and communal spaces ancillary to the residential use; flexible space for use classes A1, A3, D1 and/or D2; undercroft car parking; new public realm; and associated engineering works and infrastructure | Former B&Q Site Great Stone Road Stretford M32 0YP