The residential development will see the old pub turned into a series of flats.
Fellow Ashton Road users will recognise the familiar sight; pulling up to the traffic lights at the top of Commercial Brow and Clarendon Road to be greeted to the sight of the former Duke of Sussex pub, now desolate and boarded up.
The former public house, which dates back to the 1820’s, hasn’t served a single pint for over 2 years now, but activity finally seems to be taking place regarding the residential conversion of the building.
The planning application, which was submitted to Tameside Council last week, states the redevelopment will see the former public house converted into four residential flats.
The majority of the exterior structure will remain the same, with only the removal of the roof stacks listed as the visible change. The rear garden and rear balcony area will both remain in the residential development, with the addition of two cycles spaces.
The majority of interior changes will be carried out on the ground floor of the property, with one flat already present on the first floor. You can view the layout proposals below, clicking the images to enlarge:
The finished redevelopment would see a total of 2 flats with 2 bedrooms, and 2 flats with 3 bedrooms. Each flat would feature a direct fire escape to the rear of the property, with an interlinked fire alarm system and sounders. The application has proposed burglar alarms for each flat, with the potential for CCTV in the hallway.
The rear garden space will be preserved as an open space and drying area, with bins kept and organised for recycling schemes.
The car parking situation remains questionable, as there is no realistic parking options for the property other than the gravel area which resides on Victoria Street; however this is not associated with the Duke of Sussex.
The development is a stone’s throw away from the current Hyde Clarendon Sixth Form site, which is also set to be redeveloped into residential housing.
I’d love to hear your thoughts or concerns on the project, or even memories and stories from the Duke’s glory days: