Residents protest about development

Last updated : 29 April 2007 By Dave Moore
A local resident's group near Boundary Park is trying to stifle the proposed Latics ground development as they fear that blocks of 620 apartments could overshadow their homes. More than 98 per cent of 131 householders who completed a survey said they were against the plans as it would be detrimental to local residents.

Alan Hardy said, "There were concerns raised about traffic and the impact on the area but our advisers tell us they have done the traffic surveys to meet with the requirements and they don't think there would be a major problem. The owners are committed to redeveloping the stadium which will be the home of Oldham Athletic for many years to come. But without the money from the residential development, the stadium could not be redeveloped."

"We are talking about a quality development that will only increase the value of properties around it. We are listening to the concerns and have taken them on board. We are mindful that it's in their backyard and they will object to something they don't particularly like but without that type of development the club will not be able to progress. We have to look at taking the club forward for the benefit of the borough as a whole."