Please click below to read answers to some of the questions we have been asked about our proposals
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All feedback will be handled and reviewed by the project team ahead of any planning application being submitted.
The site is located off Huddersfield Road adjacent to the new Saddleworth School site.
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.
No, the site sits within the settlement boundary of Diggle and has a historic allocation for employment uses.
This site is allocated for employment uses under the previous Oldham Unitary Development Plan and this allocation has been carried over to the current Joint Core Strategy. Despite this allocation, the site has not come forward for any of its allocated uses. It has been identified by the Council as suitable for residential development in their Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment.
We are proposing 78 homes in a range of executive, family homes and starter homes, ideal for growing families, downsizers and young people taking their first step on the housing ladder. The proposed homes would reflect the surrounding properties in style and be in-keeping with the rest of Diggle village.
The proposals will include affordable housing the exact number of dwellings and tenure type will be agreed with Oldham Council.
Affordable homes include a mixture of social rented, affordable rented and other housing provided to eligible households whose needs are not met by the market.
The exact make up of affordable housing on this site will be determined by the identified needs of Oldham MBC and the Registered Social Landlord. We expect there to be a mix of Affordable rented accommodation and shared ownership properties. The sale and letting of these properties will be coordinated by the Registered Social Landlord partner.
Saddleworth and wider Oldham has failed to meet its housing targets over many years. Oldham’s housing target is around 700 homes built per year and has only delivered 899 of the 1394 homes required between 2015 and 2018 (latest figures).
We believe it is important that viable and established sites are used to deliver this requirement and avoid using new and controversial sites.
Oldham has also struggled to build houses which have been approved, with only 42% of homes approved between 2008 and 2018 being built. We are committed to delivering this project on time and to a high standard.
We aim to submit a planning application later in the Summer, following consideration of all public feedback and the finalising of the plans and drawings.
The development will provide local employment and job creation opportunities. We are keen that a local building contractor develops the site, and this will ensure that there is a high amount of local expenditure which should benefit the whole Saddleworth area.
The site is located 50m from the nearest bus route along Huddersfield Road and is a short walk or cycling distance from shops and community amenities in Diggle village. Greenfield rail station is under 3km away and on the Greater Manchester and Huddersfield line providing links into Manchester Piccadilly and Huddersfield.
A transport survey was undertaken in 2019 and a transport assessment has assessed the impact of the development on the traffic network incorporating traffic data from the new Saddleworth school development and the highways improvements to be implemented as part of the school development.
The transport assessment concluded that the size of the residential development would not adversely impact the road network.
This application is completely separate from the Saddleworth School project. However, the western side of the development will be accessed via the school access road and the eastern side will have a separate access road.
The proposal has been fully reviewed and assessed by a heritage specialist who has concluded that the proposal will result in less than significant harm to the listed building in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework. Whilst the development is close to the listed building, no works to the listed building are proposed and key views will be maintained wherever possible.
We understand local concern about flood risk. We have designed the proposals to ensure there is no development on any area of identified flood zone.
The planning application will include a detailed flood risk assessment and a surface water strategy will be agreed with the LPA and the Environment Agency.
We hope to begin construction in 2021 and be completed by 2024.
Further information will be made available in due course. Please check this website for updates.
WRT is a consortium of businesspeople who all live in Saddleworth. They are passionate about delivering a high-quality development on the site and aim to deliver a scheme which will play a major role in reinforcing Diggle as a place of choice.