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.

Oldham Rock Street Hotel And Resi 2

The proposals include 42 apartments and a courtyard for residents

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Looks great! Oldham town centre is a ghost town at the moment past 6pm, some of the empty spaces above shop units need converting into flats then hopefully some more life will be breathed into the place.

By Aaron

Fantastic!!!!!!!! just what oldham needs. This is excellent…

By Stephen lloyd

Woohoo, Oldham will have a 3* hotel!

By Pip

Most of these ex industrial towns in the NW are way behind their Yorkshire equivalents.

By Ome

Most of the hotels are on the outskirts of the town accessible mainly by car, nothing within the main town centre with evening entertainment that I am aware of and with the new metrolink this development makes a lot of sense, this will give the area a much needed boost as will the new metro. anything higher then a 3* would not really work the design looks like it will age well in the future I wonder who the operator is?, Oldham is finally looking up hopefully. There has clearly been more movement in this last year then 10 years previous. The metrolink has opened the door to much needed investment, this may never of been considered if the metro was not introduced in my view. About time,,, seems finally after decades of neglect things are starting to move in the right direction,……

By J. Burgess

Very good for Oldham. I like it

By Maria

Give an example Ome

By Logenberry

another hotel? they cannot even build their first idea “hotel future” one near the old civic hall.
you need activities and attractions for visitors to want to stay in the town. yet there isnt much in oldham at all?

this scheme is part of the gran masterplan of ombc to revamp the town centre. but in a lot of cases its just replacing building that haven’t even been around 50 years yet??

its a very huge sum of money that i would really like to know where it is coming from? the council has already got massive debts due to the overspend on the town hall cinema!

By jayb

Putting that there is destroying my dance school so no it’s not great!!

By Anonymous

^ Nimby alert

By Anonymous

jayb – You do realise that different developers do exist?

By Aaron

The restaurant and other business in the building hire a lot of staff about 20 to 30 staff at certain times of the year and serve thousands of customers per year through out oldham and further a field and will be a big lost not just to the staff but to the local families who eat in the restaurant and teach there children to dance in the dance studio and hold weddings and funerals in the cotton rooms destroying this building is destroying the oldham spirt .

By Tom

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