PLANS to redevelop Stalybridge's former police station into apartments for supported living have been given the green light.
Applicant Watson Homes' proposal for the town centre site in Corporation Street was granted planning permission by Tameside Council's Speaker's Panel (Planning). There were no objections from consultees or residents to the plans.
It will see the derelict structure demolished and replaced with 24 apartments in a four-storey building, with associated offices, support space and parking at ground floor level.
The applicant has indicated that the development will include an element of supported living for future occupiers. Each apartment will be self-contained and self-sufficient, featuring either one or two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen/dining and living space facilities. The ground floor will also have storage areas and an outdoor patio. Staff facilities include an office, meeting room, training/activity room and toilets. The scheme will enable residents to live independently, where they would perhaps not be able to otherwise, with a dedicated care team on site 24 hours and assisting residents on a daily basis.
Situated in a busy town centre, close to shops and services, the site also benefits from public transport links, including bus and rail, and provides sustainable connections to surrounding areas, reducing reliance on cars.
Councillor Vimal Choksi MBE, Tameside Council's Executive Member for Towns and Communities, said: "These proposals will improve the site, demolishing a derelict building and creating new homes on previously developed land.
"This is just one part of the ongoing work to regenerate Stalybridge, alongside our other town centres, and bring investment to the borough. It's an exciting time for Tameside as we look to swiftly progress our ambitious plans."
It's the latest development in the transformation of Stalybridge, which includes the Stalybridge High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ), funded through a £1,275,000 grant from Historic England and £1,275,000 match funding from the Council. It will feature a Historic Walk, repairs to the Civic Hall and the re-purposing of its market space, and events and workshops. Stalybridge was also successful in a bid to be Greater Manchester's Town of Culture, has seen the success of Stalybridge Street Fest and secured £100,000 of development funding to develop options for a potential new transport interchange.