THE decision by councillors to refuse an application to build houses on a picturesque corner of Mossley has been welcomed by MP Jonathan Reynolds.
Developers submitted plans to build 36 properties on an undeveloped area, on Micklehurst Road, Mossley, earlier this year.
But a number of residents have campaigned against the proposals - pointing to the impact on the environment, the possibility of flooding and the existence of alternative brownfield sites.
And last week the planning application, which had been submitted by Steelstone Properties, was refused.
Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds, who had formally objected to the proposals, has welcomed the decision.
He said: "Clearly this is an area of green space that is valued by the residents who live close by. And while there are alternative sites - particularly brownfield sites - in the vicinity I believe it makes sense to develop those first.
"Residents made me aware of their concerns some time ago. Since then they have worked hard to make sure their concerns were heard.
"Communities should have a direct say in the decisions that are taken about their area. And I am delighted that the opinions of local people have clearly been taken in to account in this case.
"Of course, there are other sites that are earmarked for development in Mossley. And I hope that this decision will encourage developers to look at redeveloping brownfield sites before greenspace."
The application proposed a development of 36 three and four bedroomed houses. Of those 32 would be semi-detached, one detached and three terraced.
Concerns were also lodged relating to wildlife, access, loss of land used for informal recreation, transport links, impact on services and the nuisance caused during construction.
Published 1 August, 2011