Oldham Council has approved outline plans lodged by a private landowner for 250 homes on the site of the former Cowlishaw Abattoir on Cocker Mill Lane.
Under a masterplan drawn up by agency Urban Green and consulted on last year, the Fitton family, which owns the site, proposes to demolish all existing buildings on the 24-acre site in Shaw and replace them with houses and six acres of surrounding public realm.
Detailed matters, including design and appearance, layout, landscaping and scale are reserved for subsequent approval.
A developer has not yet been chosen to deliver the scheme, according to the planning consultancy Avison Young.
The site is identified as being suitable for up to 460 homes under a draft allocation in the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.
Jamie Lynch, senior environmental planner in Avison Young’s Manchester team, said: “We have secured outline approval on this highly sustainable site and look forward to progressing a detailed application at the earliest opportunity.”
The wider project team included Grasscroft Property, which provided development management services, Eddison as highways advisor, and Shoosmiths as the legal representative.
Urban Green was the ecology advisor.