A LARGE warehouse could be built at the site of a 200-home development.

Outline plans have been submitted for a warehouse measuring 7,435sqm at land off York Street and Bury Road in Radcliffe.

Residents have hit out at the scale of the project, describing it as "excessive".

In October 2015, Bury Council approved plans for developers Countrywide Properties to build 153 properties at the site.

They also gave the green light for associated works, including the "laying out of public space, engineering operations, constructing an emergency access and development platform".

At a drop-in session last May, Countrywide unveiled plans for up to 200 homes on a raised residential platform, with additional banking.

Since then, they have sought permission for "reserved matters relating to appearance and landscaping" of a warehouse.

Plans indicate that a large warehouse, plus a lorry parking area comprising more than 70 spaces, a concrete yard and an office comprising a canteen, reception area and toilets could be incorporated into the scheme.

The application seeks "reserved matters approval for the layout, appearance and landscaping" of the project.

It reads: "Matters of scale and access have already been approved."

Colette Jones, chairwoman of the Radcliffe and Redvales Flood Action Group, said: "The developers didn't mention a warehouse when we attended the open event. This will mean more greenbelt being built on which will affect flooding downstream."

Resident Emma Sharrock said: "I don't remember there being mention of a warehouse at the drop-in meeting."

Resident Carol Birchmore said: “Current plans suggest the build will be about 66ft at its highest point which appears excessive. I would hate to be looking out onto that."

Concerns were also raised about building on land that had been earmarked for wetland as part of the £46 million flood defence scheme for Radcliffe and Redvales.

The Environment Agency said they were working with the developer to "revise" the plans so that a section of the land can be used to protect homes in York Street in the event of a future flood.

A spokeswoman for the Environment Agency said: “We are aware of a planning application put forward for land off York Street and a further site to the north, known as Bury Point. This application relates to the original proposals which we were previously consulted on and made comments as appropriate.

“We are currently in discussions with the landowner and the developer to revise their plans for these sites so that the development provides part of the section of flood defence for existing properties in the York Street area.

“Whilst these discussions are ongoing, the landowner is continuing to address conditions on his previous permission as a fall-back option."

The Bury Times has contacted the agent for a comment.

To view the plans, search application reference 63361 at https://planning.bury.gov.uk/online-applications/.