Outline planning permission for a masterplan to convert the Dexine rubber works site on Spotland Road in Rochdale to homes and offices was granted last night.

Mill into homes

The masterplan for the 4 acre site, drawn up by architecture firm Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP), includes the conversion of the mill buildings into homes and 20,000 sq ft of office and business space on the banks of the river Spodden and a tree-lined avenue with one of the rubber works' chimneys forming a centre piece.

An extra floor has been added to both mills which will become penthouses with external terraces.

In keeping

Arron Crick, architectural designer in charge of the project at FWP, said: ‘We have also been sympathetic to this part of town. The town houses have been designed to be very much in keeping with the type of housing that already exists in the area.’