STEVE Walsh has big plans for Well-i-Hole Farm and its camping and caravan site.
But his proposals, highlighted below, don’t include replacing green fields and outstanding views with concrete and a housing estate.
Steve, who also owns Hill Top Farm at Healds Green, Chadderton, even wants approval from residents for his makeover for the well-known local landmark agricultural site before submitting his re-development blueprint to Oldham Council.
“It’s hard to invest if I don’t have everyone on side,” said Steve. “We want to have consultation with people.
“It is going to be easier to do it with everyone’s knowledge and backing rather than do stuff and people guessing what we are doing or want to do.
“The amount of people who have come to me and said ‘Are you going to put a load of houses on here? Are you going to put a workshop on it?’
“We have none of those things planned. I actually enjoy sitting on my tractor cutting the grass and looking at the views.
“It is very therapeutic,” added Steve, who bought the three-bedroom farmhouse with former barn, outbuildings and around 3.78 acres of land for £400,000 at auction in July 2016.
Previously owned by the Hadfield family since 1923, Steve also spent £87,000 on the stables and around 5.46 acres plus £108,000 for 7.24 acres with permission for 20 caravans.
“We want to turn the original house into a Bed and Breakfast, turn the barn into holiday lets and introduce a proper camp shop selling bread, milk and other essential grocery items,” he said.
“We would probably employ around 20 people.
“Because it is a family business, the idea is also to put a small house on the corner where the barn is and live there,” added Steve, a keen caravanner with his own van at the picturesque location.
“But nothing is set in stone. However, as it stands now they are just ramshackle buildings we have had to fence off due to people coming in at night.”
Steve’s other vision is to make greater use of his ‘event’ field situated on the other side of Well-i-Hole and improve drainage across all his sites.
“I am a keen vintage car enthusiast and I would like to put a car show on there,” he revealed.
“We’ve held a church fun run on there and the Superheroes event.
“We’ve had loads of compliments about things like that and those are the kind of things I am keen to promote.
“We also want to keep hosting events like the Saddleworth Show.
“I just want to be open and transparent with everyone.
“Hopefully, that way I will get everyone’s support in what I am trying to do.”