|Artist's impression of the development in Knatchbull Road|
There will be 109 units (mainly 1 and 2 bedrooms) on the site of the former Craven Park Health centre. A community space is also proposed although planning officers are seeking clarification on the use of such space.
The development is part of the Stonebridge Regeneration Area which included proposals to increase the amount of private housing to provide social 'balance' to the area.
This proposal, taken on its own, fails to meet the recommended proportion of affordable housing but Hyde started with 0%. This was challenged by officers resulting in the 20% figure.
The report notes:
This is one of the first proposals to come forward to planning Committee since new guidelines on affordable housing were adopted.20% affordable housing is proposed as shared ownership, whilst below the policy recommendation the amount is supported by a viability report and the specific tenures proposed are supportive of the aim to diversify the housing supply in Stonebridge.
Stonebridge councillors have made no comment on the proposal.