Detailed planning application submitted for Middleton site

Muller Property Group has submitted a detailed planning application to Rochdale Borough Council for a 3-acre brownfield site in Middleton, Greater Manchester.

Permission is sought for the demolition of the derelict Parkfield House (formerly Chubb Locks HQ), to enable the redevelopment of the brownfield site, situated off Manchester Old Road.

Having worked alongside the UK’s leading Health and Social Care experts, Muller has identified a significant statistical undersupply of appropriate care home beds across Rochdale borough.  Addressing this shortfall, its planning application seeks permission for a care home providing 80 ensuite bedrooms, alongside communal facilities including a Café bistro, hair and nail salon, plus communal lounges.  The application also proposes the creation of 20 new townhouses ranging from 2 to 4 bedrooms.

The architectural features of the new properties have been carefully selected to make a subtle reference to Parkfield House though a modern, Brutalist aesthetic.   This minimalist approach will be complemented by the retention and enhancement of existing trees and landscaping.

A communal garden will form a focal point at the heart of the scheme offering a visual connection between the care home and townhouses. This, combined with leafy public realm throughout the development, will encourage residents to relax, converse and play.

Promoting active, sustainable and healthy lifestyles, new recreational routes with links to the surrounding community are also incorporated in the development’s layout. A new mobility friendly access path adjacent to the Grade II listed Garden of Remembrance will also be created.

“Our planning application for Parkfield House has been carefully considered to ensure it meets the needs of residents of all ages within Rochdale borough,” commented Colin Muller, chief executive of Muller Property Group.  “At Muller we are very socially aware and a care home on this site will not only support our aging population but also create around 70 long term employment opportunities within health and social care, plus other auxiliary sectors.

“We hope to transform this derelict site into a thriving new community which reflects its heritage whilst delivering properties that are ultra-modern, sustainable and, most importantly, somewhere residents are proud to call home.”