House plans to be re-visited after Grasscroft land sold at auction?

A plot of undeveloped scrubland in Grasscroft has sold at auction for £165,000. 

The recent sale of the site at Mossley Road could now see the building of a three-bedroom detached house for which an initial green light was granted more than three years ago. 

It is understood that despite the time scale, local authority planners are satisfied a start has been made on site to preserve the planning permission. 

The site on Mossley Road, Grasscroft

The sloping parcel of land, close to Mossley Road’s junction with High Grove Road and measuring just under one hectare, went under the hammer last month. 

In proposals originally submitted to Oldham Council in November 2018, consent was sought for an ‘upside down house’, designed for a retired couple, featuring bedrooms on the lower ground floor and living space on the upper ground floor.” 

Land in 1930’s Picture courtesy of Peter Fox, Saddleworth Museum

An unnamed stream runs across the land prior to entering  a ground level rusted metal culvert further down the site.  

The culvert extends through the site to the south where it runs under Mossley Road.  

Landscaping was described as a fundamental part of the scheme by opening up the existing stream currently covered within a pipe. The aim is to encourage natural wildlife and vegetation.  

Proposed site of house

Existing rocks will be re-used to surround the stream, reducing the number of skips/ large vehicles being used during construction.  

To view the original application visit 

3 Replies to “House plans to be re-visited after Grasscroft land sold at auction?”

  1. Hi
    I would like to comment on this article that was brought to my attention being an interested party as I own 2 garages and have right of way to both.
    The article does not cover the the extent of bullying and criminal activity that has gone on resulting in the current owners who are selling the land being prosecuted recently in court under Health and Safety.
    The planning permission granted is for a house which will have my one of my garages built in the middle of it.
    More than happy to speak to the reporter to give a true account of this saga which has now gone on for several years and the struggle to get my voice heard throughout this process.

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