Thursday, 23 January 2014
New Homes by New Charter. But loss of parking spaces a side effect.
This work is part of a joint TMBC / New Charter venture which aims to provide one affordable home per week over the next three years. Besides this site six other sites in Tameside are to be or have already been transferred to New Charter by Tameside. These are: Burlington Street car park Ashton (eleven houses and eleven apartments).
Land off Buttermere Road, Ashton. Cotton Street East (aka Moss Street East) car park, Ashton (ten houses eleven apartments). Kynder Street Car Park, Denton.(Three houses and six apartments) Grosvenor Street, Stalybridge. Site of Hawthorns Special School, Corporation Road, Audenshaw. (fifty-four 2/3/4 Bedroom houses and thirty-six 1 bed apartments).
Good homes are always to be welcomed. But the use of car parks as a source of land could lead to severe problems of parking for visitors to Ashton when / if the economic situation improves. It also appears that the former Katherine House site has no dedicated parking spaces. How much New Charter paid for the land is not known. In a press release last year Cllr Peter Robinson said "In this instance New Charter Housing is the appropriate partner for us to work with as they have been appointed by the Homes and Communities Agency as the delivery partner for Tameside, plus the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has issued a general consent allowing local authorities to dispose of land in this way."
I make no comment on the appropriateness of any partnership but there should be no problems of not knowing each other in the partnership. In June of last year a former senior officer in the Housing and Planning Department was co-opted as a Director of New Charter Homes Ltd