Droylsden jam factory homes underway

Taylor Wimpey has started building The Orangery, part of a 338-home development on the former Robertson’s Jam Factory site in Tameside.

The housebuilder bought the 20-acre site in Droylsden in December 2019 and secured planning consent for the scheme last September.

There was existing outline consent at the site off Manchester Road for up to 350 homes, granted the previous year to Willsgrove Developments. The land has been unoccupied since the jam factory closed in 2006.

The Orangery is a consortium site between Taylor Wimpey and Bellway Homes, which will each deliver 50% of the homes.

Phase one of the scheme, to be built by Taylor Wimpey, will comprise 167 two-to-four-bedroom properties designed to provide a range of options for first-time buyers and for growing families. The styles include two-bedroom apartments, three-bedroom semi-detached homes and three-and-four-bedroom detached homes.

There will also be a children’s play area and public space for the community with access to the Ashton Canal Cycleway.

As a condition of its planning consent, Taylor Wimpey is to invest £200,000 in transport infrastructure and make financial contributions towards education provision and local green space.

The Orangery will sit next to Audenshaw Park, between the A635 Ashton Old Road/Manchester Road and the Ashton Canal. Daisy Nook Country park and Dovestone Reservoir are both within a 30-minute drive.

Chloe Dunn, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Manchester, said: “We’ve begun construction at The Orangery and are underway with our plans to bring a brand-new community to Droylsden.

“Tameside is ideally located a short distance from Manchester, providing a leafy escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. It is therefore a busy location for new homes, which are in high demand.

“These houses will be ideally positioned for access to a range of local amenities, and, much as your indoor environment matters right now, outdoor space is vital too, especially since the pandemic, so it’s exciting for residents of The Orangery to have so much green space on their doorstep.”

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Hope they manage to preserve some of the most historical elements

By Disgruntled Goat

Dovestones?… that’s a bit ambitious. You may as well say close to the amenities in Stockport or on the doorstep of the Peak District.

By Lee

Considering they’ve packed so many shoeboxes onto this site with virtually no public space and are relying on residents to utilise all the surrounding green space and facilities – the developers really should be forced to contribute more than £200,000 in transport infrastructure and ‘financial contributions’ towards green space. These paltry sums will barely tart up a single junction or buy you more than a few street trees and a couple of benches in the commercial market!

By snoutsinthetrough

What local amenities ? have they seen droylsden precinct a virtual ghost town. Can foresee total gridlock. The kings road estate has grown out of all proportion the one road in and out is like the M1. As for the childrens so called play area well it’s a joke. Cannot believe such a project has been given the green light a new school would in my opinion been a better option.

By Concerned of droylsden

More houses, Droylsden is a nightmare to drive through at tea time as it is!

By Jane

I have laughed for over 15 minutes at the collocation of ‘Leafy Escape’ and ‘Droylesden’

By Lives Round Corner

I hope they have made provisions for wildlife in these plans e.g. nesting boxes for birds hedgehog runs in fences a wild garden maybe on site for butterflies bees etc as we certainly need plenty of this along with the planting of shrubs and trees to collect carbon emissions. It’s no good having homes if in 30 years we don’t have a planet.

By Susan

I hope they name the streets after the jams they made, lemon curd lane, damson drive, strawberry street, etc would be an amazing tribute to a well know site many of us worked at

By Dawn todd

That could be about 600 cars extra for rush hour, we don’t have enough doctors or school space

By Brian Bundock

To provide this number of homes in a location with ialready nadequare roads will result in a nightmare for traffic during and after construction especially if there is access provided to the site from Ashton Hill Lane.

By Chris Lonergan

Doesn’t look dense enough. There is a small corner with nothing on it and a bit in the middle that they could have crammed a few more on

By Jamming

That looks quite dense and claustrophobic. They could do with some trees to supplement the oxygen deficit

By GH02

“with access to the Ashton Canal Cycleway”

The access to the canal towpath is via narrow steps from both Ashton Hill Lane and the A635, so at best the “access” is for people able-bodied enough to carry a bicycle.

If developers want to claim active travel links, they ought to contribute! There is a reasonable cycle route for your residents to get to the centre of Manchester in 20 minutes – so why not build or pay for the safe crossings and ramps to enable them to do so?

By W

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