A 77-home development in Royton has been given the green light by Oldham Council planning committee at the third time of asking.
The application for the homes at Hebron Street was narrowly passed by four votes to three after a thorough debate by councillors over highways concerns around the site.
Four reasons for refusal were cited when the application was first presented in March, including loss of Other Protected Open Land (OPOL), poor design and size of properties and traffic congestion and obstruction.
Revised plans came before the planning committee for a second time in August but a decision was deferred so further questions could be answered.
Developers addressed concerns over construction traffic accessing the site and officers revised the highways plans to gain approval at the September meeting.
Officers explained alternative access via Bullcote Lane was deemed unsuitable for the development as it is not wide enough and there is no footpath.
Instead, highways improvements will be made at Hebron Street with the junction at Oldham Road, including a pedestrian island and a new scheme of signage.
Approval was subject to conditions including the applicant providing £15,000 towards works at the entrance to the site, and conditions around construction access and traffic.
Sean Hannaby, the council’s interim head of planning, told the planning committee: “We have taken this very seriously and it has been looked at again.
“It is narrow at the Hebron Street junction. There is no room to get a right turning lane in even if we wanted to.
“The pedestrian refuge will enable pedestrians to cross more safely than they can at the moment.
“Cars coming around the corner will see the pedestrian island and it will encourage them to slow down. Yes, there will be some queuing but that’s what happens at junctions.
“We cannot support an objection on highway safety. There is no possibility of any further improvements.”
However, Cllr Hazel Gloster was not convinced by the proposals and moved the application for refusal, which was not seconded.
She said: “I know a girl that died there when she ran into a tree. I travel along that road a lot and I think it is one of the biggest blackspots in the borough.
“I do not think highways have put in enough provisions to protect children walking to school, other pedestrians and cars.
“That road could be widened. I know it would be costly but is the cost of just one person’s life not worth that?
“We’re talking about 77 houses which is a minimum of 144 people coming into that development without appropriate access.”
Cllr John Hudson added: “Officers have listened to our concerns but I am not sure they have found the right answers.
“There is no way you are going to slow down cars as they will go shooting past anyway as they do every day.”
But Cllr Shoab Akhtar concluded: “I do have concerns about the highways improvements but I think the development outweighs those concerns and I recommend approval.”