Ashton Under Lyne is situated within Tameside which is sandwiched between the Peak District and Manchester. Tameside consists of 9 towns running along the Tame Valley. It is surrounded by the Pennines to the east, Oldham to the north, Stockport to the south and Manchester to the west. The 9 towns are:
Tameside was boosted as a satellite dormitory for Manchester when the last link of the M60 Orbital Motorway was completed in 1999 and it has been on an upward trajectory ever since.
Ashton-under-Lyne is the Administrative Centre of Tameside and is taking off as a property hotspot as evidenced by articles in both the regional and national press.
Several former mills have been converted into apartments. Bellway Homes are creating a new housing village in an attractive canal side location. Barratts are building homes in the town and 70 new apartments are under construction or in the pipeline for Ashton’s Old Town. Tameside Council's renewal programme for Ashton which has financial backing from the European Union has been in full swing since the mid 1990’s. Even before it became the largest place in the direct path of the M60, Ashton had the potential to become a sought after residential area. The town is located just 6 miles away from Manchester and even closer to the Peak District, the countries most popular National Park. Its famous market and comprehensive shopping area has been attracting visitors from surrounding districts for many years, indeed Ashton is now one of the most popular shopping centres in the Manchester region with only Manchester City Centre and Bury more popular. Bury and Manchester City Centre have the advantage of the Metrolink and the expectation is the proposed Metrolink line to Ashton will be delivered in the future.
There are several significant schemes in the Ashton area, some of which are under construction and some of which are still in the pipeline. These include:
An exciting mixed use development under construction comprising of industrial, retail, leisure and hotel uses with planning permission for 1.4 million sq. ft including over 1 million sq. ft of high quality industrial/distribution space.
Currently, this key gateway into Ashton Town Centre consists of a large area of derelict buildings. However a public/private sector partnership will see multi million pound regeneration creating a new urban business quarter generating over 1,600 jobs for Tameside and over 280,000 sq. ft of high quality office space with retail and leisure space totalling 400,000 sq. ft.
Town Centre Retail Development
A new retail development within the existing Town Centre has been approved by John Prescott. The outline planning permission covers a new development of 140,000 sq. ft which will extend Ashton’s retail floor space by up to a third.
The number of new residential developments have visibly increased over the past 12 months as builders become more aware of the regeneration projects and efforts that are being made in the area.
Stalybridge was a leading town in the industrial revolution of the 19th Century. Stalybridge is now in the mist of a major refurbishment programme with the aim of enhancing tourist trade. The area has been enhanced by the opening of the new Tesco Superstore but is also home to a number of Arts and Craft shops and cafes. The vibrant night life and numerous bars, clubs and restaurants have led to Stalybridge being given the nickname of “Staly Vegas”.
New residential development in the form of luxury apartments are springing up along the canal and in the Town Centre. Indeed Urban Splash a leading developer given much credit for the regeneration in Manchester City Centre is converting an existing property into new apartments.
Until the 19th Century Mossley didn’t have a separate identity to that of Ashton. It is now an attrac