Future of new Saddleworth School to be decided at planning meeting?

Oldham Council’s Planning Committee is set to consider all four applications related to the proposed new Saddleworth School later this month.

An ‘extraordinary’ meeting will be taking place in the Council Chamber at Oldham Civic Centre Thursday, February 28 at 6pm.

These revised applications have now been published on the Oldham Council website following discussions between the contractor and applicant, Interserve, and statutory consultees, including the Environment Agency.

The cross-party planning committee members will consider all the applications, which are to:

– Demolish existing buildings on the WH Shaw site, excluding the listed building.
– Demolish the link bridge attached to the Grade II listed building on the site.
– Build a new school, sports pitches, playing fields and areas for play and parking.
– Provide an off-site parental drop-off area, plus two residents’’ parking areas, highways alterations and works to the access road to the former factory site.

In line with normal Planning Committee procedures, the four applications will be heard separately with a vote taken at the end of the discussion on each.

That will enable the committee to hear from one speaker for and one against each application. Those speakers will get three minutes each to put their case before committee members then publicly debate and cast their votes.

Members of the public can attend to observe the proceedings, which will also be live-streamed via the Oldham Council website. There is no need to book a place or signal your intention to attend beforehand.

You can view the agenda and all relevant paperwork here.

Saddleworth Parish Council will hold its own planning committee meeting to discuss the new application on Monday, February 18 at Uppermill Civic Hall at 7.30pm. All Parish Council meetings are open to the public.

Arrangements are in hand to have hard copies of the planning documents available for inspection at the Civic Hall as soon as possible.

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