Gorse Hill Labour

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

Winning the war against homelessness

Labour Councillor, James Wright has spoken of his pride after Trafford Council revealed it is starting to win the war against homelessness in the borough.

Cllr Wright, the Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration, spoke after a report revealed the Council’s Homelessness Strategy was proving to be a huge success.

The five-year strategy, which was launched in 2019, has helped hundreds of families from becoming homeless and has taken rough sleepers off the streets of Trafford.

The major achievements of the Council’s Homelessness Strategy so far include:

  • 444 households prevented from becoming homeless in 2019/20
  • Securing permanent accommodation for 21 long-term rough sleepers
  • Providing housing advice to 34,485 households in 2019/20
  • The Housing Options Service Trafford (HOST) team visited 2,360 households in 2019/20

The strategy sets out the Council’s priorities for Trafford over the next five years. They are: To prevent homelessness in Trafford; increase the supply of social housing and good quality temporary accommodation, work towards ending rough sleeping; improve access to employment, education and training for homeless people in Trafford and to improve their health and wellb

I cannot imagine how awful it must be to be without a permanent home for you and your family – it is the ultimate nightmare. That is why we are doing everything we can to win the battle against homelessness in Trafford.

Cllr Wright

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

Outline Plans for B&Q site submitted

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

Link to application

More planning details for the Station Road site (under construction)

Application for the approval of reserved matters for layout, appearance and landscaping pursuant to 89551/OUT/16 for the erection of five 2 storey residential blocks to create 10 apartments, car park, open space and associated external works. | Land To The North Of Station Road Stretford

Includes the energy statement. Proposal is for communal biomass using wood pellets.

Planning application 100629/RES/20

Trafford council’s housing waiting list has to re-register

Those on the council’s housing waiting list have to re-register on the council’s website after it made changes to its housing allocations policy.

Homelessness Reduction Act changes to the Housing Allocations Policy hav had to be made .

This means that residents wishing to remain on Trafford’s Housing Register must re-register before Sunday 12 July using an online form.

Read more in the Manchester Evening News

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