SEN flats planned for the Cas­tle

Rochdale Observer - - SPECIAL REPORT -

A FOR­MER pub could be con­verted into eight flats for peo­ple with spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs.

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has been sub­mit­ted to Rochdale coun­cil to di­vide the for­mer Cas­tle Inn on Manch­ester Road, Rochdale, which has sat empty since 2009, into eight, self-con­tained flats with as­so­ci­ated staff ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The build­ing, which sits on a 0.13-hectare site, has suf­fered ex­ten­sive dam­age due to van­dal­ism, and needs a new roof, win­dows and doors.

The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, put in by Mush­taq Hus­sain, of Heath Street, Rochdale, claims the pro­posal is wholly ap­pro­pri­ate in its site and its lo­ca­tion, without af­fect­ing the lo­cal ameni­ties or hav­ing an ad­verse ef­fect on nearby prop­er­ties or high­way safety.

If the plans get the green light, on the ground floor of the build­ing there would be four flats – two one-bed­room flats and two bed-sits with as­so­ci­ated staff ac­com­mo­da­tion, while on the first floor there would be four one-bed­room flats.

The site would also in­clude 15 car park­ing spa­ces. So far, one ob­jec­tion has been lodged, by a res­i­dent of St Al­bans Ter­race.

A de­ci­sion is set to be made by Jan­uary 24.

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