New homes approved in Rochdale conservation area

Michael Hunt

Salford-based planning and heritage consultants Paul Butler Associates has gained outline planning and conservation area consent on behalf of developer Phil Goldman for 96 new homes to be built in Spotland Bridge conservation area in Rochdale.

The scheme, which was approved by Rochdale Council's planning committee on Thursday 2 December, includes the conversion of the site's historic mill building and gate house into 15 apartments and the building of 81 two, three and four-bedroom houses. The mill site's red brick chimney will also be retained as a focal point.

Paul Butler Associates said the 3.7 acre Spotland New Mill site was originally developed as a woollen mill in the 1870s, but was converted to cotton production in 1888. In 1941 it was purchased by Dexine Rubber Company and was used as a rubber works until the company relocated in 2008. The site has been vacant since.

Tom Flanagan, director at Paul Butler Associates, said: "We have worked closely with the council's planning and conservation team and English Heritage throughout the application process and are delighted that the planning committee agrees that the scheme will ensure the long-term retention and viable reuse of the site's most significant historic buildings and that the new build development will be sympathetic to the conservation area's special character."

Flanagan added that a reserved matters planning application for landscaping will now be prepared.

Oldham-based Hall Needham Associates is the architect on the project.

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Can’t wait, it sounds as though some thought has gone into the re-development of the site. Watch this space!!!!

By Monica

i cant see anybody actually developing this site out. Might look nice on a piece of paper.

By soft lad