Controversial Dean Farm development approved by Planning and Licensing Committee

Date published: 06 December 2017

Controversial plans to build 58 residential homes on greenfield land at the former Dean Farm Site on Badger Lane have been approved by the Planning and Licensing Committee.

The application was put before the committee on Monday (4 December) as the development represents a departure from the development plan.

Planning officers say the greenfield development by Taylor Wimpey “would contribute to the supply of housing in a sustainable location” and recommended that the committee grant the application, subject to conditions.

A financial contribution of £350,000 has been recommended, comprised of £178,640 towards primary school place provision and £171,360 towards improvements at Balderstone Park.

In July, Rochdale Online reported on concerns raised by residents of nearby Gilbrook Way after they received revised plans for the proposed development, including wildlife and flooding.

In April 2015, Rochdale Council granted outline planning permission for 70 dwellings at Dean Farm on Badger Lane ‘subject to conditions’ – despite opposition from local residents and the Leader of the Council, Councillor Richard Farnell.

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