Thornham Mill On Oozewood Road In Royto
Similar plans were approved in 2007 but never progressed.

Apartment scheme set for Royton site

Dan Whelan

Thornham Mill on Oozewood Road in the Oldham suburb would be demolished and replaced with a 72-home apartment block, under plans lodged with Oldham Council. 

The plans, a rejig of proposals approved more than a decade ago, were submitted by Blackmores Planning and Development on behalf of a private landowner. 

Calderpeel Architects, which was behind the 2007 designs, has also been appointed to draw up the latest iteration of the project. 

Under the plans, the 19th-century mill would be demolished and a five-storey block built in its place. 

The building would feature a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, as well as 69 basement parking spaces and an additional 18 surface level spaces to the rear of the property. 

Built in 1885 by Thornham Spinning Co, the majority of the mill building has been vacant since 1962 when the company went into voluntary liquidation, according to Calderpeel. 

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I’d expect a lot of pushback on this, why can they just convert the mill into apartments?

By Jon P

There will be very few people who are not glad to see he back of a rat infested mill which has stood empty for nearly 60 years. It is probably more economical to knock it down and start again. Not many people want to live in an old mill

By jack

I agree, why not refurbish the building and convert it into apartments, like they have done in Stockport and Ancoats in Manchester?
It would be less impact on local residents, and current infrastructure, and it would look tons better. Too many of our ‘well built and aesthetically pleasing ‘ historical buildings have been demolished, when they could have been converted to very desirable homes. See ELK Mill!

By Jonny w

No better space than a renovated mill imo

By Anonymous

I live next to the mill. We bought our house in 1978 and was then told the mill would be coming down. It is an eyesore and is falling down. Although i have concerns about the number of apartments and parking, I am sure it will look better than it does now

By C conway