Taylor Wimpey acquires former Jam Factory

The housebuilder has completed the purchase of 20 acres in Droylsden, Tameside for £15m, which was once the site of Robertson’s Jam Factory.

Taylor Wimpey is planning to submit a reserved planning application for 300 homes before the end of the year. If successful, it is thought that the company will start on site in spring 2020, to deliver a mix of properties from apartments to detached homes.

The site, which is situated off Manchester Road, has outline planning permission for up to 350 homes which was granted in December 2018 to Willsgrove Developments. The land has been unoccupied since the factory closed in 2006.

As part of the proposals, Taylor Wimpey will commit £400,000 towards transport infrastructure.

Gareth Bancroft, senior land and planning manager at Taylor Wimpey Manchester, said: “We will soon be submitting reserved planning matters for the former jam factory site off Manchester Road in Droylsden.

“Our proposals will transform what is currently an unused brownfield site into a thriving sustainable community, catering for house hunters at all stages of their lives, as well as bringing much needed investment and infrastructure to the area.”

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Shame for it to be only 37 dwellings per hectare. GMSF would expect 50 dph in this location if its densities policy were adopted unchanged from the last draft. We’ve got to make better use of urban, brownfield land like this if we’re going to reduce the amount of greenbelt currently proposed to be developed.

By the light of the moon

I hope they preserve the local heritage assets.

By Anon

Taylor Wimpey… how depressing. Expectations = low.

By House builder basher

The traffic jams are going to be sticky

By Strawberry

Strawberry fields, apricot avenue, raspberry road and pudding lane

By The jam master jam

Can we approve of them kicking out the jam(m)s? The best marmalade plans of mice and men…

By Donald Duerr

More potato stamp rubbish – cul-de-sacs and “the Lydford and Alton – Anytown how depressing!

By Robinsons only make beer

Rebuild The Robertson’s Factory

By Rebuild The Robertson's Factory

I don’t see how this is depressing, 300 new homes is great and a boost to the local economy.


By Mike

The traffic around market street is already chaotic and backed up

By Pam lorne

it’s good that they are also going to invest a large amount into the transport infrastructure, droylsden town needs a boost as more shops have closed recently as well as the banks so this could well be a positive to bring some more business back to the town and its about time the land was used as it is doing nothing.

By John c

As a former Fairfield High School student and Tameside resident who makes regular visits to Droylsden I wish to object to the mass residential development on this site. Homes are in great demand however without a huge financial commitment to the services and road system the influx of residents cannot be accommodated on this restricted space. Where are the plans to increase access to healthcare, primary and secondary education?
Local roads are too small for the current volume of peak hour traffic and to think everyone would use the tram is naive at best .

By Anne Jackson

Lots of trees in the plan – excellent; let’s just hope that unlike the Watkin Jones development around the Droylsden Marina, they are actually planted, and that Tameside Council can actually be bothered to check that the trees in the plans become a reality and that any dead ones replaced.

By AltPoV

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