Bailey Mill R. Gledhill p. planning docs

Bailey Mill has been vacant since since 1996. Credit: via planning documents

Plans in for Bailey Mill conversion

The former woollen mill in Oldham could be transformed into 60 homes under proposals submitted by textiles company R. Gledhill.

Plans include the conversion of two existing listed buildings located off New Delph Road in Saddlefield. These historic Bailey Mill properties would be revamped to provide houses and apartments. There would also be two new-build blocks.

The 60 proposed homes break down to two two-bed, 17 three-bed, and 10 four-bed houses, as well as 18 two-bed flats, 12 one-bed apartments, and one two-bed duplex.

Bailey Mill R. Gledhill p. planning docs

R. Gledhill proposes to deliver 60 homes in Oldham. Credit: via planning documents

Nicol Thomas Architects designed the proposals for Bailey Mill, which has been vacant since 1996 when its previous owners fell into administration. The applicant acquired the site in the same year for trading, however, the property was destroyed by a fire in June 2016. 

Proposals include the demolition of selected listed buildings destroyed by the fire. A previous application by the applicant for the demolition of the older mill building, warehouse, and finishing sheds was approved in 2015, but this was overturned due to its subsequent grade two listing.

The new application would provide 40 car parking spaces, including garages.

Townscape is the scheme’s planning consultant. Also part of the project team is structural engineer Edge and transport consultant Modal.

Oldham Council’s reference number for the application is FUL/350293/22.

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The mill is actually in Delph, Saddleworth. The good people of Saddleworth do not like being referred to as being in Oldham (and with good reason! ), they still cling to the notion that they are part of Yorkshire. The proposed development would make good use of this site, it should be fully supported by Oldham Council.

By Anonymous

For the Oldham area it is about as far away as you can get from motorway connections and railway stations and bus routes, and indeed Manchester. There are no major supermarkets within striking distance either. So it has little going for it in planning terms other than it is a burnt out derelict site, which means that with Oldham’s peculiar slant on development it will probably get planning approval. Transport guidelines and the associated environmental affects don’t seem to apply in Oldham.

By A. R.

AR- on the other hand, it is a prominent and vacant brownfield site with a bus stop immediately outside it and is probably 600m walk from the village centre with shops, school and other facilities. I’m not involved in the project, but it is long awaited.

By Mark Aylward

Mark Aylward – it is at least a 600 metre + walk to Uppermill town centre which has a bit more in the way of already very overstretched facilities such as healthcare and shopping, there are little enough shopping or other facilities in Delph. The bus has a slow and a long long way to go to get to anywhere with significant employment. Car traffic will predominate. If this development is approved it will add to the transport and environmental issues being created by the 70 + houses passed for the greenfield site next to the new Saddleworth school and the 200 + houses passed for the badly accessed greenfield site in Lees, traffic from Huddersfield road and Lees Road end up at the same destination. Traffic problems are already very bad heading towards Oldham and onwards towards Manchester. Government guidance is that developments of any size should be located as near as possible to motorway connections and public transport rail or metro connections, that guidance is regularly ignored in Oldham.

By A. R.

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