New development gets the go ahead

Planning permission was granted in September for an apartments and retail development in the Honiton Avenue area of Hattersley.

The £4.7 million project, which has been supported by £2.5 million funding from the Homes & Communities Agency, will see the development of 33 two bedroom apartments, which will be offered to the over 55’s, and three new retail units, adjacent to the new properties on Hattersley Road West.

The apartments, which will include a kitchen /dining room, living room, double bedroom, bathroom and an additional single bedroom, will be managed by local landlord Peak Valley Housing Association. Managing Director, Phil Corris ,said: “The ‘Honiton shops’ are currently in a poor state of repair and with only two retail units out of the current seven open for bussiness – are something of a blight on the area.

“The proposal has the support of the local community especially those people living close to the area, who recognise that it will be a massive improvement to the area – as well as providing good local facilities. The new apartments will provide much needed accommodation for the over 55’s, which is in high demand in this area.”

Work on the new retail units is expected to commence in the autumn with businesses opening in spring 2011.  Once the new retail units are built, the old ones will be demolished to allow work on the new residential element of the scheme to start.

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