Oldham town centre hotel and resi set for green light
A proposed 70-bedroom hotel and 42 apartments on a site off Rock Street in Oldham is set to be discussed at a committee meeting next week with planning officers recommending the scheme for approval.
Developer Smart Homes has lodged an outline planning application for the site in the town centre, which is bordered by Rock Street, Hopkin Street, and Bradshaw Street.
The four-storey building on the site is home to a former nightclub, a restaurant, and a dance school, alongside a car park. The property will be demolished to make way for a five-storey, 70-bedroom hotel, with a restaurant, café and roof terrace.
It will be a three-star hotel, although the operator is yet to be confirmed.
The developer also plans to build 42 apartments in a four-storey building, as well as above-ground and basement car parking for around 140 vehicles.
The U-shaped, brick-clad building’s hotel will front Bradshaw Street while the residential apartments will face Rock Street and Hopkin Street.
There will be 16 one-bed, 20 two-bed and six three-bedroom apartments, as well as a courtyard for residents.
Stephen Charles Architects designed the scheme with PWA acting as planner.
In a report to the planning committee, Oldham planning officers said the loss of the building on the site, which currently has a number of vacant units, was not considered harmful, and said the change of the site’s use to residential and a hotel would lead to job creation as well as “economic and social benefits”.
Oldham’s planning committee is due to meet on 22 November.