Saddleworth Dovestones

Robert Fletchers mill: Holiday homes, housing

NO SECRETS: Fletcher’s mill in Greenfield which has been at the centre of a three-year battle

The old paper mill near Dovestones reservoir has the potential to draw tourists, believe council bosses.

They have earmarked it for 100 new holiday ‘lodges’ and a further 120 upmarket homes, ‘maximising the tourism potential of this unique location in a sensitive and appropriate way’.

The land, on either site of Chew Brook, could provide upmarket housing in a ‘desirable rural location’, including ‘larger and bespoke’ homes, it says.

This site is also in green belt.

The mill has perhaps been best known in recent years for controversy over radioactive material left on site as a legacy of its industrial past – and whether it could pose a risk to public health.

Fighting against destruction