Go Ahead Given for Transformation of Prestwich Industrial Estate
Bury Council has approved plans to transform a 5 hectare brownfield site in Prestwich into a new mixed-use development, comprising residential development and modern employment space.
Acting on behalf of AM Ventures 1, Manchester based HOW Planning submitted an outline planning application for the new scheme earlier this year and the approval paves the way to develop detailed design proposals for the site.
The redevelopment of the Mountheath site which at present is partly occupied by an Industrial Estate, will secure its regeneration, providing high quality employment land to meet modern occupier requirements and new family homes to meet the short term housing needs of the local area.
The approval establishes the principle of a mixed-use development at the site comprising up to 160 dwellings and approximately 32,000 sq ft of employment development. In addition, the scheme will facilitate off-site highways upgrades to improve the junction of Bury New Road and George Street. A layout for a traffic signal controlled junction has been developed in conjunction with Bury Council and TfGM to improve this junction.
Says Emma Williams, Planner at HOW Planning: “This is an exciting scheme which will transform what is currently an unsuitable and unusable site into an attractive new development. Our client is dedicated to ensuring the delivery of high quality employment land, and a mix of housing types and tenures to widen the choice of high-quality homes in this highly accessible sustainable location. The redevelopment of the Mountheath site will jointly deliver a series of social, economic and environmental benefits for the local area over the years to come.”
The site is well served by public transport and is close to Prestwich Town Centre which provides a range of shops, services and amenities to serve both the new housing and potential new businesses.