However, after hearing the objections the committee refused the outline planning application for the development.
Rochdale's Regulatory Committee had been asked to approve the housing development, as part of the council's plans to sell the land off William Street. The last time it tried to do that was in 1991 when, after what became known as the Battle for Tonge Fields, it bowed to public pressure and withdrew the application.
Opposition to the latest application has been equally intense. The Middleton Environment Forum said Tonge Hall was a special building and to have modern developments around it would detract from the impact it has on the area.
The committee approved the application after hearing that the smaller site would probably only accommodate one new home.
resolved to object to the proposal on the same grounds and that the steep access route to the site would be unsuitable.
He said the proposal was in accordance with relevant policies and recommended its approval.
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Middleton member Councillor Peter Dawson said: "We are delighted we have been able to save the land. The decisive factor in the argument against it was the impracticability of the access road. Our decision was unanimous."
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Local residents there feared that it would exacerbate the parking problems in the area. They also said the site was an area of open space used by adults and children, containing a number of mature trees and they were concerned at loosing the open space.
However, the committee did allow controversial proposals for housing on open land off Broad Street, Rhodes.
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site and to maintain the bulk of the open space. It also ensured a strip of land eight metres wide was maintained to provide a route into the open space.
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Councillor Dawson said: "This is another victory for Middleton.
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