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Back to news Posted on 31 August 2023


Cube Homes has submitted planning permission for 50 new homes on the site of a former school in the town of Mossley in the foothills of the Pennines.

The developer is proposing to build a range of three and four bedroom homes on the 5 acre site which has lain empty for more than a decade following the relocation of Mossley Hollins High in 2011 and the subsequent demolition of the school buildings. Of these properties 10 will be affordable homes.

Each of the homes will benefit from two parking spaces, an electric vehicle charging point and cycle storage. Situated off Huddersfield Road, the site is just a kilometre from the centre of the picturesque town which is famous for its stone houses and cobbled streets.

Carefully designed to complement the area’s traditional architecture, the homes will be built using a mix of stone to reflect the Pennine Moor character. New trees, hedgerows, shrubs and landscaping will enhance the appearance and distinctiveness of the ‘Dark Peak’ countryside.

Christopher Heath, Managing Director for Cube Homes, said: “This high-quality, development will bring much needed new homes and jobs to this beautiful town and completely transform a site which has been a blot on the landscape since the school was demolished.

“We have worked closely with Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council’s planning department and local residents throughout the consultation process and are hopeful that this application will be approved. It is such an important site for the town and we were determined to ensure our plans for the site will do justice to the incredible surroundings.”

Just three miles from Oldham and around 9 miles from Manchester, Mossley is a renowned beauty spot with a bustling centre with shops, pubs, a community centre and cafes lining the main streets. Surrounded by hills, it’s a paradise for walkers with Hartshead Pike, which has a tower on its summit, a favourite spot to enjoy the views of Manchester, Cheshire and Snowdonia in Wales.

Ideal for families, the site is just 500m from Micklehurst Primary School and across from the new Mossley Hollins High school. For those who want to reduce their reliance on cars there is a bus stop near the development with buses services running every 20 minutes. The nearest railway station is 1.4km from the site with services to Huddersfield, Leeds and Hull eastbound and to Stalybridge and Manchester Piccadilly westbound.

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