Oldham Council granted planning permission to convert the existing buildings into 40 Apartments, the planning permission is still current as the legal obligations to the council have only just been resolved. The buildings reside in Dobcross, Saddleworth.
AKA community intends to form a group of local people to buy this land from the current owners, the Dronsfields, who also owned Laureates Place, in Woodbrook, Springehead, where a similar group has successfully gone though planning, aided by AKAcommunity, and are now in the process of self-building their homes.
A similar group, of individuals, will buy this site, then work up a scheme of detached self-build homes, for themselves, and re-submit new plans to planning. Initial consultation with the planners has suggested they would be supportive of a lower density residential scheme, rather than the massing of the existing buildings.
There are still a number of plots/spaces left, so if you want to build your own home, in saddleworth, in a Self-Build Community, Plots are 50-100k, you will also have to pay a share in the Infrastructure, group costs, although there are grants that can cover alot of the costs.
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