Manchester city council considering revised application for Thornham Mill in Royton

  • Initial plans to convert it into flats have been scaled back
  • A revised application for 60 flats is now being considered, rather than 72
  • The council has assured they will represent residents during the planning process

Manchester city council has received a revised application for plans to turn a former mill in Royton into flats.

Thornham Mill has been described as an “eyesore for years” and has been out of use.

Councillor Hannah Roberts said: “Many residents have complained about how dangerous it is, children getting into the mill and the potential for rats and other vermin.”

The application involves demolishing the mill and building a block of 60 flats.

An application was made by developers Blackmores earlier this year to demolish it and build a block of 72 flats.

Councillors Clint Phythian and Hannah Roberts conducted a survey among residents regarding the plans, delivering over 200 letters, and opinion was split.

There were concerns surrounding the block being overbearing for neighbours, increased traffic on the road, access problems, and some residents voiced concerns with a ginnel on the site. 

The councillors have since resolved some of the issues, including the ginnel issue and tweaking access to the site on Oozewood Road.

Councillor Hannah Roberts hopes that the proposed apartment block fits with the community and provides the homes it needs.

She said: “We will continue to keep residents informed of the progress of the application and to represent Royton residents in the planning process.”