Oldham News | Main news | 181 people have opposed controversial proposals to turn an old pub into bedrooms – but council planning officials say the project should go ahead
Reporter: Nick Statham, local democracy reporter
Date published: 03 October 2021
The former Midland Beer Company on Manchester Road in Castleton. Image courtesy of Google Street View
A controversial program that would see an old pub turned into beds is expected to be approved this week – despite more than 180 public objections.
Proposals to convert the former Midland Beer Company, in Castleton, will be presented to the Rochdale board planning committee on Thursday with a recommendation for executive approval.
Empty since last year, it was originally a bank before becoming a boutique in the 1980s, then a coffee bar and finally a pub.
Now real estate company SJA Rochdale Limited wants to transform the vacant building, on Manchester Road, into an 11-bedroom multiple-occupancy (HMO) house.
According to the plan, eight of the bedrooms would have an en-suite bathroom, while three would share a bathroom.
There would also be a large common kitchen, dining room and living room on the ground floor.
But he was summoned to Thursday’s planning committee meeting by Castleton advisor Billy Sheerin.
The city councilor says that authorizing a change in the use of the premises of the main shopping street of Castleton would be “detrimental to the planned regeneration of the village”.
His point of view is clearly shared by several of his voters, with no less than 181 objections to the candidacy – against five in favor.
These include concerns that the village “already has too many HMOs” and that another “would change the identity of Castleton and devalue the area”.
Some residents said they feared the locals could potentially attract anti-social behavior, noise and crime.
And Councilor Sheerin’s fears that it could undermine regeneration efforts were also echoed in some performances. Others thought it would stretch schools and doctor’s offices further.
However, letters in support of the plan say it would put a dilapidated pub back into service and bring new people to Castleton.
One respondent also noted that HMOs “are popular and provide a stepping stone to obtaining affordable housing.”
Council planning officials do not believe the request would be detrimental to the area and recommended that councilors grant planning permission for the change in use.
The report to the committee reads: “The proposed HMO would be acceptable in principle at this location and no unacceptable damage has been identified with respect to the regeneration of the area, the residential amenity of the surrounding occupants or the conditions of use. life of future occupants.
“The design, highways and parking proposals are also considered acceptable. “
The plans also include two parking spaces, space for six bicycles and a garbage space.
A spiral staircase currently at the rear of the building will be removed, along with new windows and doors installed.
The Rochdale Council Planning and Roads Committee meets at Number One Riverside on Thursday, October 7 from 6 p.m.
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