Gorse Hill Labour

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

Manchester Marathon returns to Gorse Hill

Sunday 10th October and it’s a new route

The runners have usually got through Gorse Hill early on in the race but this time they’re going into the City Centre before coming into Gorse Hill at about the nine mile mark, so there’ll be considerably more spread along Chester Road.

Road Closures

The organisers are yet to publish full details of the road closures but we do know it will be an elongated start. We particularly need to know details of Chester Road closures, whether full or partial.

Regardless of the fine detail, it’s inevitable that getting to Stretford, Chorlton, Sale and Altrincham by car will be difficult on that day. The race finishes on Talbot Road outside UA92 so, it looks like the Talbot Road/Warwick Road junction will be closed throughout.

Volunteers

The organisers are currently actively recruiting volunteers to support the event in a number of roles on event day and help create an amazing festival atmosphere. Local clubs, organisations or individuals who would enjoy being part of the action in a volunteer role, can email volunteers@humanrace.co.uk. In reward for groups’ valuable time and support, they offer an incentive donation of up to £40 per person volunteering which goes directly back to supporting their local cause.

More Info

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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