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'This borough has a place in history - and that's what we want to retain'

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A group of residents rejoiced after plans to build a new home in their ‘iconic’ village were thrown out by Oldham council. The house in Lydgate would have caused ‘catastrophic effects’ to the ‘beautiful views and historic value’ of the village, according to local councillors.

The site on Stockport Road borders on greenbelt land and is part of a ‘historic field’ recently recognized with a blue plaque as a ‘birthplace of female suffrage’.

Similar plans were rejected on the site on three previous occasions but were this time recommended for approval by council officers at a planning meeting on June 5 .

But local councillor Helen Bishop butted heads with planning officers and said: “Within this borough we potentially have the birth of suffrage of women having the vote. READ MORE: Tributes to woman, 22, killed in south Manchester crash “Wouldn’t it be nice for us to preserve that and for us to be able to celebrate that?

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