Keys to your doors Former pub to be sold for houses

A 19TH CENTURY Saddleworth pub is on the market for £400,000 but any prospective buyer will need deeper pockets to transform its fortunes.

However, the days of pulling pints and serving food served at the Cross Keys, Delph, also known to many as the Shanghai Wong Chinese restaurant, have gone for good.

The Grade-II listed building situated on a prominent position on the A62 Huddersfield Road is being marketed for residential development.

Oldham planners granted permission in March for a developer to turn the imposing premises into three terraced dwellings, two of them with potential each for four bedrooms.

A third unit would have three bedrooms while each would have a basement and rear garden.

The building is for sale with Haughton Warburton on offer for £400,000. It had not been sold at the time of going to press though viewings have taken place, the Independent understands.

The sale brochure describes the former hostelry as a “residential opportunity in desirable semi-rural setting.”

And a planning report submitted on behalf of the applicant, Mr Lawton, states: “Planning permission is sought for the conversion of the existing building to three terraced dwellings:

• Two four bed dwellings occupying three floors and the entirety of the original building.

• A three-bed dwelling occupying the later 20th Century side extension.

“As part of the works, the existing single storey rear extension would be demolished and French doors would be inserted at ground level to the rear of the property.

“Two new entrance doors to unit one and unit three would be inserted within the front and side elevations of the building and a new retaining wall would be erected to the side of unit one.”

Six existing car spaces would be retained.

A Heritage statement and impact assessment submitted in favour of the plans by Jason Kennedy of Townscape said: “My conclusions have found that the proposed works to the buildings will overall result in a positive impact.

“There are strong public interests to support this application and I believe the proposals strike a balance between the special architectural and historic interest of the buildings, the area, their relationship and distinctiveness.

“I find that the proposals as set out will not present any detrimental impact or harm upon the designated heritage asset.

“The proposed works will retain the buildings in a low impact usage, which will ensure the preservation and longevity of its significance.”

The original public house is believed to have been constructed t at the time or soon after the opening of the Oldham to Austerlands turnpike to take advantage of passing trade.

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