Capital & Centric Rochdale
The houses will be delivered under Capital & Centric's Nowhaus concept

Capital & Centric readies plans for Rochdale neighbourhood

Dan Whelan

The Manchester-based developer plans to build more than 200 homes on a derelict plot of land at Central Retail Park close to Rochdale railway station. 

Capital & Centric, in collaboration with the council and the borough’s inward investment organisation, Rochdale Development Agency, said it will deliver a mix of high- and low-rise houses, as well as apartments, through its Neighbourhood housing concept – a model of affordable housing which maximises  living space within the property as well as allowing for high-density development.

The Neighbourhood concept was previously known as Nowhaus.

The project, which will be known as Neighbourhood Rochdale, will also include a linear park, running track, gym and community hub alongside community space such as café-bars and delis.

The homes, to be built by contractor Willmott Dixon, will be built on the 4.7-acre plot of land next to the retail park which has been vacant for a decade. The council bought the site for £13m in December 2018 from Town Centre Securities. 

A planning application for the scheme, designed by Liverpool-based architect ShedKM, had been hoped for this year, but delays caused by Covid-19 have pushed that date back to early 2021. 

Rochdale Central Retail Park C&C

The development site is located close to Rochdale train station

Subject to planning approval, construction could begin next year. 

Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “Many Greater Manchester towns have been hit hard by the declining high street but there’s a huge opportunity for places like Rochdale to reinvent themselves with town centre living.

“The council has a really ambitious vision to transform the town centre and we’re working with them to create an aspirational community with energy efficient homes, game-changing architecture and all the amenities that will attract people to town centre living.”

Cllr John Blundell, cabinet member for regeneration at Rochdale Council, said: “With millions already invested into Rochdale town centre, we’ve set the bar very high in terms of want to achieve here and this type of high quality housing is the perfect fit.

“To see the first large scheme come forward from Rochdale’s Rail Corridor strategy is a major milestone and shows the commitment to the strategy.”

The development is part of Rochdale Council’s £400m regeneration strategy which includes the aim of boosting the amount of town centre housing.

Capital & Centric’s development forms part of the council’s plan to build 7,000 homes around Rochdale’s five railway stations.  

Speaking to Place North West at the time of the Central Park acquisition, John Searle, director of economy at Rochdale Council, said that the acquisition was part of the council “putting our money where our mouth is” on its commitment to build more homes in the town centre. 

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Rochdale, these properties should be cheap.. What price is affordable?

By Darren born bred.

The Council paid £13m…..surely bonkers!

By Query

It doesn’t yet mention that Homes England grant…..

By Next time

These houses look fabulous, why is it Rochdale get houses like this but we can’t get this sort of quality in Bury? We need more of this design led approach in our borough!

By Clare Emmott

That’s great for Rochdale but what about developing Heywood town centre, all we get from Rochdale Council is more takeaways and charity shops.

By S.irvine

So the Council purchase the land and buddy up with C&C. What happened to competition?

By A627

Does this make sense, £13m they acquired the site for but proposals for 200 homes, assuming they acquired the whole site, no doubt Homes England will be stumping up more cash for C&C to make it viable. Why wouldn’t a housing association deliver this scheme as a true mixed tenure site?. Hope it’s a success.

By Rochdale Ric

A fantastic move away from the type of mundane crap that Redrow/Barratt/Persimmon are filling up our green fields with. More of this please.

By Anonymous

Wow, incredible, too good for Rochdale. Kidding! I actually love the council offices they did a few years ago, the perception of that town is changing fast. They seem to be head and shoulders above the rest of the GM towns. I hope though they’re strong enough to hold the developer to that vision and don’t let them water it down which so often happens once they’re in position. Looks great though, so far.

By Derek

Great idea are you including marina were people are able to relax and exercise and help with wild live.
I understand that there is an old whafe in town that could be reopened for this.

By Peter

Will there be any council houses/flats being built ??.

By C jones

Will they be affordable to rent? I
Live in a Rbh flat and would like to move somewhere new and modern x I work full time and am
Single so my options are very limited

By Maz

As someone who grew up in Littleborough, Rochdale and an ex resident of Manchester City centre I am excited by this news. I’ve seen a lot of C&Cs work and it’s very good. I remember seeing their house plans thinking they’d work well in a lot of brownfield sites in Gtr Manc satellite towns. A much better approach than eating up green belt. I’d potentially consider moving back to Rochdale and into one of these if this works out.

By D

can i put my name down for 1 of the houses there.what do i have to do for a house there let me know please. My email is

By Mokbul ali

Has any thought been given to the infrastructure needed to support all these new houses,traffic management,schools,doctors etc??

By Mark Glendinning

200 HOMES on a £13,000,000 ignoring inflation and capital appreciation works out at £65,000 per plot of land. Got to hand it to RBH. A bit cheaper than demolishing blocks of four , two bedroom masonets , gardens front and rear and building one new house. The list of bad management goes on across the borough. Could they ever survive without tax and financial incentives ?

By Reader

Well done rochdale deserves this . ROCHDALE is a good place to live .we should stop being negative about everything anyone tries to do.

By Proud of rochdale

Will these new homes be equipped with enough off road parking for the minimum 3 cars now owned by the majority, and will they be modern build with ev charging low energy led lighting throughout solar panels etc. Or will they still be built to the currently used 50 years out of date construction methods, throw em up and reap maximum quick profit so the big company bosses can relax in there off shore holiday villas far away from the over crowded 0 investment infrastructure mess they reap the profits from.

By Simon Brierley

Good to see rejuvenation but the old canal and wharf should be restored as a town leisure asset as part of the development.

By Ray Beale