Have your say on Oldham Town Centre Conservation Plan

RESIDENTS are invited to have their say as Oldham Council holds a consultation on a Draft Oldham Town Centre Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan (CAAMP) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

This consultation will help to inform any future regeneration planning decisions in the town centre.

Montague Burton Building

The purpose of plan is to understand the significance of Oldham town centre as a conservation area and suggest ways to enhance its character and appearance as well as consider community engagement.

The appraisal proposes there be four extensions to the existing conservation area boundary and identifies buildings that could be added to a ‘local list’ – assets that are significant in the borough.
The public is encouraged to take part in a consultation that runs between February 15 and March 15.

Cllr Hannah Roberts, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “At Oldham Council we have huge ambition for regeneration in the town centre.

“We have already successfully transformed the Old Town Hall into a state-of-the-art cinema and restaurant complex and we have plans to breathe new life into the old library building as a Heritage and Arts Centre.

“We have lots of beautiful architecture on our doorstep, which we want to protect and preserve as it serves as an important part of our heritage.

“This means putting to good use what we already have and ensuring any future developments compliment it.”

Public drop-in sessions to find out more information on the consultation will be held at Oldham Parish Church (OL1 3AN) on Friday, March 8 from 11am–3pm and Saturday, March 9 from 10am–1pm.

There will be questionnaires available fill out and the questionnaire can also be filled out online at www.oldham.gov.uk/consultations

Alternatively, comments can be emailed to spi@oldham.gov.uk or returned by post to the following address no later than by 5pm on March 15 to Strategic Planning and Information

Economy, Skills and Neighbourhoods, Room 310, Level 3, Civic Centre, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1UH.

Please note all comments will be held by the council and will be available to view publicly. Comments cannot be treated as confidential. Your personal information, such as your postal and e-mail address, will not be published, but your name and organisation (if relevant) will.

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