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.