GREENFIELD Conservative Club will be turned into five houses under plans submitted for approval to Oldham Council.
But the historic exterior of the 124-year-old building will be retained in the design for the three and four-bedroom properties in a “gated development”.
The club on Chew Valley Road closed to customers for the final time in April 2017 before being put up for sale for £495,000.
Mystery surrounded the fate of the Victorian landmark – until now.
Four of the proposed homes will be built in the existing club footprint.
A fifth dwelling will be erected in the former car park, which is currently obscured by security fencing.
Three of the houses will be three-bedroom properties, with the remaining two being four-bedroomed.
Previously, there were spaces for 20 vehicles in the car park, but this will be reduced by 50 per cent to ten.
The applicant is listed as Mr P Livesey. A report from agents, Chadderton based Pilgrim Associates, submitted as part of the application, suggests: “The development will provide much needed housing within the village centre incorporating in site parking and gardens to each plot.”
It goes on to say: “The building will be divided into four houses without the need to extend the footprint.
“The new single storey dwelling will occupy the land at the most southern part of the car park.
“The new build dwelling will be screened from the houses on Greenbridge Lane by mature planting.
“The extensions to the club were completed with a flat roof. This will be replaced with a pitched roof.
“The window design of the existing extension are not in character with those of the original building.
“It is proposed to modify these to create a more harmonious elevation to Chew Valley Road.
“The rear of the building overlooking the proposed car parking will be substantially remodelled to incorporate large windows.
“The stone will be recovered and used elsewhere in the building works.
“The club will be ‘sliced’ into four units each with front and rear gardens.
“The location is not sensitive in any way and the proposal would not compromise any special character thought to exist.
“Each house will also have a back door overlooking the private gardens and car parking.
“This will allow surveillance and improve the security of the area.
“The new build dwelling will have private gardens to the front and rear.”
The report concludes: “Parking will be within the gardens and garages.
“The completion of the development will renovate an existing landmark building, improve visually inappropriate extensions, provide affordable housing and assist in sustaining local amenities by encouraging family occupation in the village centre.”
The application was received by Oldham Council on December 18 and validated on February 6.
The neighbourhood consultation ends on Monday, March 5.
For details of the application and to comment, go online: www.planningpa.oldham.gov.uk and type in reference: PA/341205/18.