Planning permission has been granted for 214 new homes on the site around Crimble Mill in Heywood.
Approval was granted on Thursday (24 August) at Rochdale Borough Council’s planning committee for 181 houses on the land around and near to the mill, plus 33 in the mill itself.
Plans submitted last year say the upper floors of the Grade-II* listed Crimble Mill would be converted into 33 flats, while the lower levels could be used for purposes ranging from shops, restaurants and museums to gyms, offices and exhibitions.
The 33 flats within the mill building would be mainly two-bedroom, although there will be six one-beds and a trio of three-beds.
Properties adjacent to the mill and on land on the opposite side of the Roch would all be houses – 120 will have three bedrooms and 61 boast four bedrooms or more.
These are proposed to be market housing, with the developer arguing it is not financially viable to provide affordable homes without further development – which the site does not have space for.
Cars would enter the site from Heywood, south of the site via either Woodland Road or Crimble Lane. There would be 514 parking spaces, with nine disabled bays and room for 12 bikes.
The scheme also includes plans for 31 new homes in three ‘blocks’ on land around the mill on a ‘similar footprint’ to that of the existing buildings.
However, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said it was plans for an ‘enabling development’ of 150 homes on the opposite side of the River Roch which