Council sets out the plan for new homes and employment sites across Rochdale borough

Brownfield sites across Rochdale borough will be developed to deliver at least 460 new homes a year and around 210 hectares of employment space over the next ten years.

A number of sites have been identified to help deliver the type of new homes and employment spaces needed up to 2028 to help boost employment in the borough, drive up local salary levels and ensure residents and people moving to the borough have access to high-quality homes and jobs


Alongside this development, the plan will also identify and protect important green spaces, identify sites to manage the risk of flooding and help to deliver associated infrastructure like transport.

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The public is now being asked for their views on this plan, the allocations plan.

The draft plan focuses development in the most accessible and sustainable locations, notably around major town centres and transport links.
These include new homes in and around Rochdale town centre, south of Heywood town centre, Warwick Mill in Middleton and sites close to Littleborough town centre.

The proposals prioritise development of brownfield sites, including the re-use of vacant older employment land which no longer meets modern business needs.

Around 400 homes could be delivered on the British Vita site close to Mills Hill station in Middleton, 200 homes at Royle Barn Road in Castleton and 150 homes at Dyehouse Lane, Smallbridge.
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The land is also identified for around 210 hectares of new employment uses including land within Kingsway Business Park, Heywood Distribution Park, Stakehill Industrial Estate and Smallbridge Business Park, along with employment development as part of a wider mixed-use urban extension south of Heywood.

The document also includes designated green spaces, which will be offered additional protection from development under the plan.

This will include areas safeguarded for flood storage to help deliver improved flood risk management for Littleborough and central Rochdale.
The plan also designates sites to help deliver the East Lancashire Railway extension from Heywood to Castleton.

Councillor Daalat Ali, Cabinet member for planning, development and housing at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “All councils need to plan ahead to ensure they have enough homes and employment opportunities for their residents.

We have a young and growing population which is projected to grow at a faster rate than any other district in Greater Manchester.
We’ve identified a number of key brownfield sites as part of this plan which will help us achieve this, but we want residents’ and businesses’ views.

“While this plan is about helping us deal with our immediate housing and employment needs, in the longer term, we’re working with other councils across the region on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF).

This is a hugely ambitious plan, which will deliver thousands of new jobs and homes over a 20-year-period. The second draft of the GMSF will open for public consultation later this year.”

The consultation on the allocations plan runs from the 10 September to 5 November 2018. All comments must be received by midnight on 5 November.

The document will be available to view at libraries across the borough, including Number One Riverside. It can also be accessed online at

Drop in sessions will take place at the following locations:

  • Monday 17 September, 4-7pm – Phoenix Centre, Church Street, Heywood
  • Tuesday 18 September, 4-7pm – Hare Hill House, Hare Hill Road, Littleborough
  • Monday 24 September, 4-7pm – Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale
  • Monday 1 October, 4-7pm – Middleton Library, Long Street, Middleton
  • Tuesday 23 October, 4-7pm – Butterworth Hall, Milnrow