Spotland Mill Rochdale

Demolition nears for Rochdale’s Spotland Mill

The derelict mill building is set to be cleared to make way for 47 homes after Rochdale’s planning committee chose to approve a hybrid application for the site against officer recommendation.

Developer Hallmark’s plans for the site, which formerly housed the Dexine Rubber Company, were given approval earlier this month, with councillors signing off the scheme despite concerns from planning officers over noise, dust, and heritage concerns.

The mill buildings date to the late 1800s but are not listed, and have remained derelict since the rubber company vacated the site more than a decade ago. They have seen a number of anti-social behaviour incidents in the intervening years including arson.

The 3.7-acre site sits within the Spotland Bridge conservation area and also includes a steel-framed industrial unit, which is due to be retained and split into four separate spaces under the plans.

The developer’s hybrid application is due to be given final sign-off by Rochdale Council next week, including the terms of a Section 106 agreement.

Hallmark’s application is split between full planning permission for the demolition of the former mill building, and the retention and refurbishment of the industrial unit.

It also includes outline permission for up to 47 homes across three parcels of land, the largest of which is on the site of Spotland New Mill.

Contributions via the Section 106 agreement are set at a maximum of around £210,000 towards education; £101,700 to off-site outdoor sports provision, and a maximum of £92,000 towards public open space provision. The affordable housing requirement is 15% on-site or 7.5% of the site’s gross development value in off-site provision.

A reserved matters application for the housing will need to be brought forward and approved before construction of these homes can begin.

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More heritage gone! This really is inexcusable.

By Acelius

Heritage? Its been deralict for over a decade and is a health ans safety risk. Its not listed either so what heritage is that exactly? We are crying out for brownfield sites to be developed so this is a no brainer.


PS – it is listed, Grade 2. Dereliction is not a reason to demolish a listed structure – it should still be a last resort.

By Bradford

What a complete waste of a good building

By Same Old

If old buildings like this are “heritage” and really worth saving, why do they end up unused? If you think its a viable proposition to save this and get it back into use, feel free to buy it off the current owners and return it to its former glory. There’s a reason why there are so many old buildings like this, they are life-expired money-pits holding up the re-development of the area.

By D

Bradford, its been left rotting for over a decade. Whats your last resort? Nobody wants it clearly. Its had its day and is serving no purpose to anyone.

By Anonymous

Seems that some people on this forum haven’t visited the site or know the area. Heritage is great but when a site is left derelict for over ten years in a part of the town where converting the mill into flats would not be economically viable you may as well demolish it and start again. Simply put, the advantages of having housing on the site outweighs the vandalism and anti-social behaviour that has occurred on the site for a number of years
Bradford – The mill itself is not listed but sits within a conservation area.

By Anon