Change of tack for Rochdale’s Central Retail Park homes
The council and construction partner Willmott Dixon are bringing forward a 224-home project close to the town’s main train station after Capital&Centric stepped away from the scheme.
Capital&Centric had drawn up plans with architect ShedKM for a 200-home development on the former Central Retail Park site in Rochdale and consulted on the proposals last year.
However, the Manchester-based developer – which is also progressing schemes in Farnworth and Stockport – is no longer involved in the scheme.
“Wilmott Dixon, the council’s pre-procured contractor for the project, wanted to progress the neighbourhood in a way that didn’t hold true to our vision,” said Tim Heatley, co-founder at Capital&Centric.
“As such, they’re going to take the site forward and we wish them and Rochdale Council the best of luck.”
Rochdale Council and its development agency are now progressing plans to redevelop the six-acre site, aiming to provide 81 townhouses and 143 apartments.
The local authority bought the site from Town Centre Securities for £13m in 2018 and its redevelopment forms part of the council’s Rail Corridor Strategy.
The strategy has identified mainly brownfield sites around the borough’s railways stations that can be used for new housing or employment space.
“This is a major step forward for Rochdale,” said Cllr John Blundell, Rochdale’s cabinet member for economy and regeneration.
“This [project] will bring many benefits in terms of health as we increase the opportunity to walk or cycle to work or to access public transport to commute, Manchester being just 15 minutes away by train for example.
“It will be an attractive place to live with areas of recreation in addition to the gardens homes will have.”