PRESS RELEASE 09/08/17
The Northenden Neighbourhood Forum has voted to once again support plans by Britannia Group to redevelop the former Tatton Arms pub.
In a General Meeting held last Thursday 3rd August 2017, a majority of Forum members from the local community voted to back the developer’s planning appeal against Manchester City Council.
The Northenden Neighbourhood Forum had previously supported the original planning application, after a strong show of support from over 70% of local residents during the developer’s public consultation. Following the Council’s refusal at a planning committee meeting in June this year, Britannia submitted its planning appeal to the Planning Inspector – with a decision date yet to be confirmed.
Britannia is proposing to redevelop the building into nine apartments while restoring its historic exterior. The plans also include the building of 14 new houses, plus a riverside café with toddlers’ play area and a disabled access to the river footbridge across the River Mersey.
Martin Waine, a resident who lives nearby, said: “We live close to the site, which has been disused for far too long and has become an eyesore. The scheme has huge local support and will totally transform the vacant rundown pub. Anyone who uses this part of Northenden can see that we desperately need something done and these proposals for its redevelopment will bring the Tatton back before it is lost forever.”
Martin Tapley, who lives opposite the site, said: “Bringing the Tatton Arms back into use is something we continue to feel very strongly about. We are pleased to hear that Britannia Group remains committed to redeveloping the site and as a resident living opposite, we are fully behind the proposals.”
David McCall, from the project’s architects, OMI Architects, said: “Having attended last week’s meeting, we are delighted that the Northenden Neighbourhood Forum continues to support our proposals and have voted in favour of our appeal. We remain fully committed to redeveloping the Tatton Arms – safeguarding the future of this important local building and delivering new homes and other facilities for the local community.”