Homes plan for his­toric mill site

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ADEVELOPER plans to build up to 47 homes on the site of a land­mark 19th cen­tury mill in Rochdale.

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has been sub­mit­ted to de­mol­ish the build­ings at Dex­ine’s Spot­land New Mill and cre­ate 47 dwellings on the site on Spot­land Road.

De­vel­oper Hall­mark De­vel­op­ments says the devel­op­ment has been ‘sen­si­tively de­signed’ and would im­prove the ap­pear­ance of the site and gen­er­ate new jobs.

How­ever an ob­jec­tion has been lodged by Ben­field Elec­tric Group, based on Mel­lor Street, close to the pro­posed devel­op­ment, due to con­cerns over in­creased traf­fic.

Hall­mark De­vel­op­ments’ scheme sets out a plan to cre­ate eight three­bed semi-de­tached homes, one de­tached, three-bed home, 22 three­bed town­houses and 16 four-bed, semi-de­tached houses on the 1.63-hectare site.

The mill it­self, con­structed as a woollen mill in the 1870s, would be de­mol­ished, while the two steel framed in­dus­trial build­ings would be kept.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion was al­ready granted in Oc­to­ber last year to halve the height of the 130ft tall mill chim­ney, which had tow­ered over the Spot­land Bridge since the 1870s.

Hall­mark De­vel­op­ments was then given per­mis­sion in Fe­bru­ary this year to take the chim­ney down to just 0.5 me­tres tall, work which has been largely com­pleted.

Now the de­vel­oper has also ap­plied for the re­mained of the work, to turn the site into a 47-home com­mu­nity.

Hall­mark De­vel­op­ments said: “The im­prove­ments to the con­ser­va­tion area are con­sid­ered to clearly and demon­stra­bly out­weigh any harm at­trib­ut­able to the loss of Spot­land Mill.”

It added that ‘the re­fur­bish­ment would as­sist in gen­er­at­ing jobs in this in­ner area of Rochdale’ and ‘over­all the ap­pear­ance of the site would be vastly im­proved by its re­de­vel­op­ment, as its state of dere­lic­tion has clear detri­men­tal ef­fects on the con­ser­va­tion area’.

How­ever Ben­field Elec­tric Group ob­jected: “As a com­pany work­ing on Mel­lor Street off Spot­land Road, my con­cerns are the amount of ad­di­tional traf­fic this will cre­ate.

“Due to the lay­out at the bot­tom of Spot­land Road, with two round­abouts, it’s al­ready dif­fi­cult to turn on A de­vel­oper wants to de­mol­ish build­ings at Dex­ine’s Spot­land New Mill and cre­ate 47 dwellings on the site at Spot­land Road to Spot­land Road and this is just go­ing to cause more chaos.”

The ap­pli­ca­tion is open for con­sul­ta­tion and is set to be de­cided by De­cem­ber 28

●●John Hewer as Spike Mil­li­gan

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