Public consultation launched on plans to deliver new homes on Huddersfield Road in Diggle

Date published: 10 September 2020

WRT Developments has announced a public consultation over draft proposals for a range of executive and family homes off Huddersfield Road in Diggle.

Recognising the COVID-19 landscape, the public consultation will be digitally led with a website, including masterplan images, a detailed FAQ section and further information about the proposals.

The website also includes a feedback section where residents will be able to have their say on draft plans.

Letters are being posted this week to approximately 700 properties around Diggle, raising awareness of the website and public consultation.

The proposals include 78 homes with a range of house sizes, designed for first-time buyers, growing families and downsizers.

The draft plans help fulfil local affordable housing requirements and offer a range of three, four and five-bedroom dwellings.

The site comprises two parcels of land on either side of the access road off Huddersfield Road which will lead to the new Saddleworth School.

The land has a historic allocation for industrial/employment use but has been identified by the Council as a site with the potential to accommodate housing.

The Southern portion of the residential development is accessed via the access road which also serves the school, whilst the Northern section has its own access directly off Huddersfield Road.

The proposals are sensitive of the nearby listed building, a former mill administration office.

The public consultation is an opportunity for local residents to find out more about the plans and provide their feedback.

The consultation will run until Friday, September 25, and all comments will be considered before a planning application is submitted to Oldham Council in the coming months.

However, the feedback section will continue to be open for responses up until a decision is made by Oldham Council.

Gillian Worden, of P4 Planning, said: "We are excited to present draft plans to deliver much-needed homes on this site which has been earmarked for development for many years.

"We understand the importance of delivering high-quality developments which reflect and enhance the local area.

"Beyond the pandemic, it will be more important than ever that planning applications, which create jobs, homes and economic investment, are progressed.

"We encourage residents to get in touch via the feedback section of our new website, or through written submission.”

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