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The New Saddleworth School – Public drop-in event to take place over the Christmas break

Saddleworth School

Proposed location for Saddleworth School

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council have confirmed that they are going to hold a drop in event at Kiln Green Church, Diggle on Thursday 10th December from 3pm – 7.30pm to allow the public to view the latest plans for the highways scheme for Saddleworth School. Assuming there are no unexpected surprises during the final stages of developing the environmental statement, the statutory consultation is expected to run for 21 days starting during the week commencing 21st December. 

The timing is somewhat surprising given that Oldham Borough Councillor, David Hibbert, recently said, “The timing of the 21-day public consultation will be managed to ensure the Christmas break does not impact on the public’s ability to comment.” 

Cllr Hibbert recently approved the designs and it is intended that the planning application be submitted before Christmas along with the demolition application alongside a single environmental statement that will cover :

  • Build the new school on the WH Shaw Pallets site in Diggle:
  • The highways works
  • The demolition of the building on the pallet site:
  • Demolition of the link bridge attached to the Grade II listed building;

The proposed design for the highways works includes changes to the carriageway and footpaths, car parking at the rear of 20-44 Huddersfield Road (for their own use), a drop off area plus additional car parking for use by other residents. The outlined changes to the highway are expected to be in-line with the single environmental statement. Comprehensive details and information regarding the above will be available at the drop-in event.

The drop in is an information event where the public can view the design prior to the submission of the planning application. Council Officers can respond to questions and explain why the design has considerably changed since the public consultation held in May/June this year.

The statutory consultation for the design will follow on or around the 21st December and the public can submit, over the Christmas break, their comments through the formal process.

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