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A spokesman from Turning Point, which wanted to turn the empty former residential home into a 12-bed centre, told councillors at last week’s committee meeting that the vast majority of their staff use public transport and none of their residents currently drive.

Local residents and planning councillors had noted before the decision that there are only four parking spaces on the proposed development which have to be accessed by an unadopted road.

Councillor Bashforth said: “It is a real shame because it is a fantastic use for a building like that. If it had been on a main road and it was accessible, it would have sailed through. The use is really good and it is a use that is really needed but if you want something to be accessible, it needs to be somewhere it can be accessed.”

Last year owner Mr Mushtaq applied for permission to turn the building into a home with 19 bedrooms. The application was rejected for the same access reasons. Mr Mushtaq has appealed this decision and a result is expected in June.


Over 250 locals signed a petition within two days against the development of the former Yew Trees Residential Home in Sycamore Avenue, Chadderton, into a 19-bed block.

Simple Living allows people looking for one-bedroomed property to rent a room and make use of shared bathroom and kitchen facilities, with all bills included.

Resident Andrea Flint (41), whose property sits back-to-back with the old home, said: “This isn’t the right area for this kind of accommodation. We don’t want another 19 people coming into the area. We’re also concerned the building may affect houses prices.”

Not sure what it sold for as don't know which number it is http://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/detail.html?country=england&locationIdentifier=POSTCODE%5E631355&searchLocation=OL9+8BQ&referrer=landingPage

It shut back in 2013

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Sounds like a prison for the elderly, with a nice income.

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