Residents near a proposed redevelopment at Thornham Mill in Royton have been canvassed for their views on the plans by Royton North’s Labour Councillors, Hannah Roberts and Clint Phythian.
Developers Blackmores D Ltd are proposing to knock down the derelict mill, replacing it with 72 flats.
Amazingly, of the 60 responses from local residents the councillors received, there was an even split of 29 in favour and 29 against the development, with two remaining undecided.
A number of potential issues were raised by residents, ranging from concerns about the size of the development, to the potential for increased traffic, to the contributions the developer would make to social housing or highways improvement.
Cllr Hannah Roberts said: “Residents are clearly divided on these proposals, so we felt it was very important to get as many views as possible.
“We’ve relayed all of the points made to planning officers at the council, who have followed up with the developers where appropriate.
“But we want to see decent homes, that fit with the community, so having residents involved in the process really helps.”
Cllr Clint Phythian said: “Across Oldham we need more high quality, appropriate and affordable housing, and every development that we can bring forward on brownfield sites like this reduces the pressure from the Government to accept proposals on green belt sites.
“There are issues with this proposal, but we hope we can work with the developer to overcome the challenges.”
Discussions with the developers remain ongoing, and the councillors have committed to consulting the site’s neighbours again if the design is subsequently changed.