Controversial plan for 72 Ramsbottom homes refused
Bury Council voted against Eccleston Homes’ proposal to redevelop the former Mondi Paper Mill off Bridge Street at its planning meeting on Tuesday.
The scheme had been recommended for approval by planning officers, however, councillors opted to reject the application due to traffic and flooding concerns. A failure to meet the council’s 25% requirement for affordable housing was also mentioned during the meeting but was not included in the formal list of reasons for refusal.
David Marno, head of development management at Bury Council, noted that The Environment Agency, Drainage Section and United Utilities had no objections to the proposed development and its flood mitigation plans.
Only two councillors voted for the application in the end, with four voting against and three abstaining.
If it had been approved, Eccleston Homes would have constructed 73 homes on the seven-acre brownfield site. The homes would have been a mix of 19 apartments, 24 semi-detached houses and 29 detached dwellings. The homes ranged from having just one bedroom to having four.
Of those homes, 10 would have been designated affordable – eight short of the 25% required by the council.
In plans submitted by Lichfields, the development would have retained the former paper mill’s chimney and converted two of the remaining buildings into homes. One derelict building would have been demolished.
There would have been 138 parking spaces as well as 26 garages for residents to use.
The application’s reference number with Bury Council is 65844.