Revised Saddleworth School planning applications go live for public consultation

FOUR planning applications related to the proposed new Saddleworth School are live for public consultation and comments from Wednesday, September 27. 

The proposals set out plans for construction of a new school at the WH Shaw former pallet works site off Huddersfield Road in Diggle, for pupils aged 11 to 16 years old.

The plans included construction of associated sports fields and pitches, external recreation and teaching space together with parking landscaping and associated works.

Oldham Council has received a new Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) submitted by Interserve, the construction partner selected by Government on this project.

The new EIA, published on September 27, relates to four planning applications that were subject to a Judicial Review last year.

The planning applications were taken to Judicial Review after a campaign by the Save Diggle Action Group against a school move.

The applications have now been re-submitted and are open for public comments for the next 16 weeks until Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

The planning applications are for:

  1. Building the new Saddleworth School on the WH Shaw Pallets site in Diggle;
  2. Demolishing the existing buildings on the WH Shaw site, excluding the listed building;
  3. Demolishing the link bridge attached to the Grade II listed building on the WH Shaw site;
  4. Providing a parental drop off area plus residential car parking as part of the wider highways scheme in Diggle.

Following consultation it is anticipated these four applications will be considered by members of Oldham Council’s Planning Committee in early 2018.

All relevant paperwork can be viewed or downloaded from the planning section on the Oldham Council website: using planning reference number: PA/337301/15


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