PLANS to build seven new homes and a block of 12 apartments at the site of a former Prestwich pub could be approved this week.

This is one of seven applications set to go before Bury Council's planning committee tomorrow.

The proposed development will see seven two storey houses ­— six three-bed semi-detached and one four-bed detached ­— constructed on the cleared land formerly occupied by the Park Hotel, at the junction of Lowther Road and Gale Road.

It would also see a rectangular four storey block of 12 two bedroom apartments with an adjoining forecourt, if approved.

The proposals further include 21 parking spaces and the applicants, the Irwell Valley Homes housing association, is offering 100 per cent affordable housing.

Meanwhile a private hire taxi office could be created at a former estate agents in Bolton Street.

The plans say that there would be no public waiting area or access to the premises which would be operated as a radio only business, whereby customers would ring for a taxi and be picked up at their chosen location.

It would operate 24 hours a day with three full time staff.

The application is a resubmission of proposals previously rejected on highway safety and servicing/parking grounds.

A petition from Bolton Road Traders opposing the plans, which has received 19 signatures, has been submitted to the council. As has an objection from Elton Bullitt taxi cars.

In the north of the borough, a bungalow could be demolished and replaced by four detached houses on green belt land off Bolton Road, Tottington.

The large bungalow occupies land on the eastern edge of Hawkshaw Village which was historically the site of Bleaklow Hall.

Several objections to the proposals have been submitted, including by North Manor councillor, Cllr James Daly.

Mr Daly cites the development is in the green belt and has not met the "very special circumstances" test.

He also notes the historic nature and connections of the site ­— with Bleaklow Hall dating to the medieval period ­— and suggests that the proposed designs are "out of keeping with the architectural heritage of the area".

At St Mary's Place in the town centre, plans have been submitted to change the use of a massage institute into two seven-bed houses for multiple occupation.

The application relates to two adjoining terraced properties, located in the grade II listed row, and dating from around 1845.

In recent years, they were both knocked through to form one unit and were used as offices and training spaces for a massage organisation.

However they have been vacant for two years, and have been on the market since February, 2018.

An application for listed building consent related to the St Mary's Place proposals, has also been submitted.

Finally there are two applications relating to proposals in St Mary's ward in Prestwich.

The first is to extend the opening hours of a cafe/restaurant in Bury New Road.

If given the green light by planners a new cafe bar would open until 11pm from Sunday to Thursday and until 11.30pm on Fridays and Saturday ­— extending the opening hours from the originally approved 10pm.

The plans could also see the erection of a glass balustrade around the cafe's front decked area.

The second proposes the demolition of a disused garage and the construction of a single storey dwelling with living space in the roof, on land at the rear of a property in Duckworth Road.

Neighbouring residents have objected to the plans, with one alleging that a portion of the land belongs to their property.

They have also raised questions around infringements of privacy, with the new dwelling potentially overlooking a resident's bathroom and back of their house, they say.

The committee meeting will take place at 7pm.