Godley Green
The site is west of Hattersley and includes some Green Belt land

Tameside to wield CPO powers on Godley Green

Neil Tague

The local authority has armed itself with the ability to compulsorily purchase land as it looks to make its 2,350-unit housing masterplan a reality.

Billed as Godley Green Garden Village, the site is west of Hattersley, taking in Green Belt land to the north of Mottram Old Road and Werneth Low Country Park.

Godley Green is the most important housing area pushed forward by Tameside Council within its proposed contribution to the Greater Manchester housing strategy – previously the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and now known as Places for Everyone following lengthy delays – however that may turn out.

A resolution was sought, and approved, at yesterday’s meeting of Tameside’s executive cabinet to authorise the progress of preparatory work towards making compulsory purchase orders where necessary, with full details of any such CPOs to be approved at future cabinet meetings.

The project is billed as a 17-year programme, with the masterplan outlining how it will include two multipurpose district centres including community, health and retail, and how it will be served by two railway stations, Hattersley to the east and Godley, on the western edge of Hyde.

A funding deal was agreed with Homes England in 2019 as Tameside looked to press on with starting infrastructure works in early 2021, followed soon after by a start on site for the first housing units.

Tameside then committed £2.75m to the scheme last November to keep to the timescales set out as a condition of the Homes England support.

At that point, officers said the use of CPOs would in all likelihood be required, and a resolution to expressly approve that has now been granted.

Matthews & Goodman and DAC Beachcroft are advising the council on CPO matters.

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Once again Tameside overriding the people. Concerned about traffic, Tameside Council is not. Look at the Audenshaw development, already causing traffic chaos. But it’s more money for council and unelected GMCA.

By Ian Laidler

@Ian Laidler. Don’t disagree about traffic concerns – it’s gonna stuff up the area big and proper.
But it’s about providing houses for people when there’s a shortage of houses for people rather than being about money. Yes more houses = more council tax and wider tax income to the area, but that pays for the services used by the people in the houses.
And “unelected GMCA”? You mean the body made up of the elected leaders of the 10 elected councils under the chairmanship of the elected mayor?

By Gethin

More grid lock on the local roads and the m 67 so called motorway. Causing more air pollution, a green village? What about the ghost towns of Hyde, Denton, Stalybridge, Droylsden? Well done again tameside council for listening to the local people- NOT!

By Mike healey

Already an overcrowded area

By Floyd

The size of this project is ridiculous. At least another 5,000 cars on the roads, at least another 5,000 people ultimately with a few thousand children. All I can hope is that over the 17 years of the project the situation will change.

By Glynis Bowden

Where exactly would people prefer other people live, then? Will all these comments be from the same people that also complain that their children can’t get on the property ladder or that prices are too high?

We need to build more houses. Get over it.

By MB