A piece of empty land in Radcliffe could be developed into new retail unit and flats, attracting concerns from residents. 

A small patch of grassland between Bolton Road, Harper Fold Road and Canute Street has been earmarked for development into three retail units and two first floor flats.

If approved, the new development would sit within a residential area close Cams Lane Primary School and St Philips Community Centre.

The development would also include parking for up to seven vehicles for residents and customers of the retail units.

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The planned apartments include a one-bedroom apartment and one two-bedroom apartment.

The plans, which were published this week, have drawn objections from residents who say planning permission was originally granted for two bungalows, rather than apartments and shops.

During the consultation period for the plan, which is on-going, one resident said: “I would like to share my objection to this planning application, with the school and community centre nearby this is a busy junction/area, that struggles to accommodate traffic associated to the buildings currently in place.

“To allow commercial properties to be built here would only increase the traffic and congestion already endured by local residents.

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Another added: “There is a school nearby, a busy junction and minimal parking for current residents as it is. It will cause an eyesore to current housing facing and should if anything be kept at a bungalow level in line with those next to the land.”

The applicant says the new build would fit in well with the surrounding properties and include adequate sound and fire protections.

Public consultation on the plans will continue until Wednesday, November 15.