Oldham Mills Strategy

The remaining mill stock forms a fundamental part of Oldham’s historic environment and gives the landscape of Oldham a clear distinctive character. However, without a sustainable use many mills fall into disrepair and are ultimately lost, as has been seen across Oldham in recent years. The majority of the mill stock within Oldham does however remain in good condition and is in active use, particularly those mills within established employment areas providing well-utilised premises for a range of employment generating uses. There are however some notable exceptions where mills have stood vacant for a prolonged period and, as a result, have fallen into disrepair and attracted anti-social behaviour. These mills have therefore become blights on local communities and it is therefore important that these sites are repurposed in order to secure their long term sustainability and deliver positive outcomes for local communities.

ELG Planning have therefore been commissioned jointly by Oldham Council and Historic England to undertake the Oldham Mills Strategy in order to develop a positive strategy for the sustainable future of the remaining textile mill stock across the Borough.  The draft Oldham Mills Strategy is available to download in the 'Documents' section and we are seeking feedback from key consultees and stakeholders on the draft strategy to inform the final version of the report.

We would welcome any comments on the draft Oldham Mills Strategy by 5th February 2021 and responses can be provided via the e-mail link below or by completing the feedback form at the bottom of this page.  We would encourage comments to be submitted electronically via the below email link or feedback form, however, as an alternative, written responses can be sent by post to:  ELG Planning, Gateway House, 55 Consicliffe Road, Darlington, DL3 7EH.


Please note all comments will be held by Oldham Council and will be available to view publicly. Comments cannot be treated as confidential. Your personal information, such as your postal and e-mail address, will not be published, but your name and organisation (if relevant) will.

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