A PROPOSED new homes development for High Crompton has been criticised for the timing of a public consultation.
Miller Homes want to build 25, three and 27, four-bedroom houses on land behind Denbigh Drive.
The site has been earmarked previously for development as part of the controversial Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.
That long-delayed plan is currently in tatters after Stockport Council recently rejected its proposals. Oldham Council postponed a decision on the borough’s continued inclusion at an extraordinary meeting last month.
Denbigh Drive has been included as part of the Cowlishaw section of the vast GMSF document.
Miller Homes have yet to submit a planning application to the local authority. But their virtual public exhibition is open until December 22, 2020.
Representatives for the applicant say around 1,000 letters have been sent to residents outlining plans for the new development of “high quality family homes.”
Now, Crompton Liberal Democrat Councillor, Diane Williamson, says she was “shocked” by the plans.
“It is not very nice to learn about the plans just before Christmas,” she said. “Residents and councillors had hoped the land at Denbigh Drive may have been spared from the dreaded Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.
“Unfortunately, it looks like this application could be sneaked in through the back door just like the planning permission given on OPOL (Other Protected Open Land) at the former abattoir site located at Cowlishaw for up to 250 homes.
“The Labour run administration on Oldham Council is using out of date policies to meet Conservative government housing targets.
“Our stance from the very beginning has always been that there should be a 15 year Local Plan for the borough which identifies that new housing development should first take place on brownfield or derelict sites; on sites with existing planning permission; and by converting long-term empty mills, shops and offices into homes.
“Existing long-term empty homes should also be brought back into use, before any consideration is given to allocating green-belt or OPOL for housing.”
Miller Homes says the site: “will be a natural extension to the community in Crompton, ideally located close to local schools, public transport and local amenities.” It is envisaged to provide £103,000 in Council Tax per annum.
David Morris, Strategic Land Director, at Miller Homes said: “This development gives us a great opportunity to continue our mission to build sustainable homes in quality places and contribute much-needed homes to tackle Oldham’s shortfall in housing supply.
“Our development also represents a multi-million-pound investment into the local economy, supporting over 30 jobs in the process.
“We look forward to sharing our plans with the local community and hearing their feedback before submitting our planning application to Oldham Council.”
You can find out more information via the dedicated project website: crompton.consultationonline.co.uk, call Freephone information line 0800 298 7040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.