Lancet plans homes at Rochdale Soccer Village

The developer wants to build 47 homes on the 11-acre Soccer Village site on Wildhouse Lane in Milnrow, near Rochdale.  

Manchester-based architect Buttress Architects has designed the scheme on behalf Sale-based Lancet Homes.  

Rochdale Soccer Village is “unsightly” and in “poor and declining condition”, according to the scheme’s planning consultant WSP, and consists of indoor and outdoor football pitches with artificial surfaces. 

The existing buildings, which include a 43,000 sq ft sports hall, would be demolished under the plans. 

Within the development, homes of different scales have been proposed, ranging from five-bedroom family houses to two-bedroom bungalows, to “encourage the creation of a vibrant, multi-generational community”, according to the architect.  

A series of features designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the homes include large windows to reduce the need for artificial lighting, air source heat pumps to heat the homes and an electric vehicle charging point for each house. 

A 190,000 sq ft area of public open space, including walking routes, would be located on the eastern edge of the development.  

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