A “majestic” five-star hotel could become a drug addiction center.
Proposals to change the use of the Silver Award winning Moss Lodge hotel in Kingsway have been filed with Rochdale council.
The facility is reportedly run by Acorn Recovery Projects, which describes itself as an “innovative charity” that empowers people “to free themselves from drugs, alcohol and other addictions.”
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The Victorian era building has 14 rooms and would not be altered inside or out.
It would continue to be served by a 17-space car park.
Planning documents say the organization “has been providing high-quality psychosocial treatment for 22 years” – including two other projects in the Northwest rated as “good” by the Care Quality Commission’s watchdog.
Acorn Recovery Projects submitted a statement on the work being done by its “treatment and wellness centers” as part of the planning request.
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It reads: “The service will have a clear and structured regime and all occupants will operate under a signed treatment contract regarding behavior during treatment.
“The financing of the occupants is done via the local authorities and the paying private customers. Good partnerships and relationships are therefore essential to the delivery of our services. “
The association adds that it has a “volunteer host” who will help the service run smoothly and welcome the involvement of the local community.
The statement continues: “The service does not offer a service to anyone with an ‘active’ addiction and therefore has a cohort of people accessing the service who are there to receive support of their own choosing.
“Our two current treatment centers have no history of neighboring issues and certainly no issues related to antisocial behavior.”
A planning statement accompanying the request says the center would make a “positive contribution to providing much needed facilities in one of Rochdale’s most disadvantaged areas.”
He adds: “The proposal will result in the creation of quality equipment for residents and includes compatible use in accordance with the surrounding context, while reusing an existing site, without any internal or external modification.
Although well served by public transport, the site is also close to the A664 and M62, providing “easy access” to potential users of the service.
In conclusion, the statement asserts that the development “represents a positive and beneficial change in use of the site, which will help provide an indispensable and necessary service to the region, while preserving the use of the 19th century building”.
Acorn Recovery Projects also operates drug treatment centers at Bank Parade, Burnley and Rosemary Court, Stockport. Both are rated “good” by the Care Quality Commission.
The decision whether or not to approve the change in use will be made by Rochdale Council.