A unanimous vote by Oldham Council’s planning committee has given the green light for a new Saddleworth School to be built in Diggle.
A previous application was approved by the cross-party planning committee in 2016 but was overturned after a judicial review in 2017.
Almost two years later, all four parts of a revised application, submitted by applicant Interserve, have been approved at an extraordinary meeting on February 28.
The parts were (a) to demolish existing buildings on the WH Shaw site, excluding the listed building; (b) to demolish the link bridge attached to the Grade II listed building; (c) to build a new school, sports pitches, playing fields and areas for play and parking; and (d) to 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.
Speakers spoke in favour of all four applications and there was one objector to part (d) while planning officers said the social, economic and educational benefits of the application outweigh any significant harm.
Members of Oldham’s planning committee voted unanimously in favour of all parts of the application.
Saddleworth Parish Council’s planning committee had previously recommended all parts of the application for approval after their special meeting earlier in February.