Bellway wins Oldham contest

Oldham Council is set to name Bellway Homes as preferred development partner to redevelop the 13-acre Lancaster Club site into a 140-unit 'garden suburb'.

Councillors will be asked to approve the developer's appointment at a cabinet meeting next Monday 30 March.

If approved the construction of new homes is set to start on site early next year. The development will comprise 142 homes, 108 detached, a mixture of two-, three- and four-bedroom designs.

Bellway Homes would also convert the grade 2-listed former Lancaster Club building into apartments.

To prepare the site for development the council relocated the site's allotments and football pitches. A Goals! Soccer Centre will be built on the former allotment site.

Work is already underway to relocate the allotments and this is due to be completed in May.

Pozzoni advised the council.

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So "garden suburb" is the preferred term for what we would otherwise call a housing estate now is it?

By Cynic

It’s pleasing to see an underutilised site finally coming forwards for development. The area is in much need of new homes, and provided local labour is used where possible to help deliver the project it will do a great deal of good for the area. It would be helpful to see what the finances from the land sale will be re-invested into, to understand how it will benefit the people of the borough.

By Anonymous

It would be interesting to find out what Bellway are bringing to this site over and above dropping in a standard housing estate. Is there a distinctive design philosophy? Are they investing in high quality infrastructure? Are they improving local amenities? Will the houses have adequately sized rooms and internal walls made from something more sold than stud construction? What value are they really adding to the community?

By Cynic