Plans to replace 116-year-old Royton mill with houses revealed

By Charlotte Green, Local Democracy Reporter

PLANS plans to demolish a 116-year-old mill in Royton and replace it with almost a hundred new homes have been revealed by a developer.

Kellen Homes has begun to leaflet residents to get feedback from the local community ahead of submitting a planning application to Oldham Council.

Vernon Works, Royton

The leaflet says: “Due to the circumstances surrounding Covid-19, unfortunately we cannot hold a face-to-face consultation event. However, we are committed to providing a consultation opportunity, even if we can’t meet you in person.”

They are seeking to demolish the Vernon Works mill buildings and replace it with a mix of ‘low-rise’ two, three and four-bed family homes.

The warehouse facilities on High Barn Street, which are Grade Two listed, were put up for sale by toy company Character Group for £3.5 million.

According to property consultants Davies Harrison, the mill, which was built in 1905, sold in February for £2.2m.

Kellen Homes says the proposed new houses will be a ‘mix of tenure, adding to the future sustainability of the community’.

It is proposed that access to the new estate would be taken from Radcliffe Street as they say the existing access to the site is ‘unsuitable’ and would be closed off.

A plan of the proposed new homes

“In addition to supplying high quality family housing, this development would also bring a number of economic benefits both during and following construction,” Kellen Homes says.

The developer says they are working on the constraints of the site and to ensure the ‘amenity of nearby and adjacent properties are not adversely affected’.

“We appreciate that this development may cause some temporary disruption to you as surrounding residents but hope that this is outweighed by the benefits that the new scheme will bring in removing vacant, dilapidated warehouse and mill buildings and delivering much needed new homes,” they add.

“The delivery of housing on this brownfield site would also reduce the need to develop greenfield and/or on the green belt land elsewhere in the borough.”

People can give feedback on the proposals by emailing

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