PLANS for three apartment blocks next to Prestwich Metrolink station are set to be decided on next week.

Bosses at Square One Homes Ltd plan to build six single-storey and 12 duplex flats on land off Poppythorn Lane, a stone’s throw from the tram stop.

The site currently contains a number of garages and commercial buildings, which the developer says ‘are in a state of disrepair’.

There is a single track access road to the site, leading to Prestwich cricket ground and there is nearby pedestrian access to the village centre, passing under the Metrolink line.

The site is currently identified as a potential park and ride area for the tram stop but has not been developed as such.

Permission for residential development has twice previously been approved, in 2010 and 2012, but both of those schemes have time lapsed.

An officer’s report to Bury Council’s planning committee, which will deliberate on the plans next week, said: “The development involves the erection of 18 dwellings in a single linked building.

“The building would be part two-storey and part three-storey in height and would be linked by an external, sheltered staircase. It would be accessed from Poppythorn Lane with a link through to the cricket club.”

Included in the plans is the intention to widen the current access road and install a footpath.

There would be 18 car park spaces for residents included on the site.

The proposals have seen 21 letters of objection received by the council.

Among the issues claimed are ‘the housing is not in keeping with the area’ and that it ‘would tower over existing houses’.

Other objections included that the land ‘is not large enough to accommodate the number of dwellings’ and lack of parking.

Planning officers said they were ‘minded to approve’ the plans.

The committee meets next Tuesday, with the application set to be decided then.