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The council bought the site for £13m in 2018

C&C’s Neighbourhood Rochdale progresses  

Dan Whelan

The Manchester-based developer wants to build a 200-home scheme on the former Central Retail Park and is asking the public for feedback on its proposals.  

Capital & Centric, in collaboration with the local 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. 

Neighbourhood, previously known as Nowhaus, is a model of affordable housing that maximises living space within the property as well as allowing for high-density development. 

The plans for Neighbourhood Rochdale, first revealed by Place North West last summer, feature a mix of one- to five-bedroom homes available for rent at the Central Retail Park site.

Rochdale Council bought the 4.7-acre plot, close to the town’s train station, from Town Centre Securities for £13m in 2018. 

Capital & Centric’s project will also include a public linear park, events pavilion, and food hall, according to Capital & Centric. 

Architect ShedKM designed the development and Willmott Dixon is lined up to build it, subject to planning approval. 

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ShedKM designed the scheme

Willmott Dixon recently completed the £80m leisure and retail development at Rochdale Riverside and is due to start on phase two of that project later this year. 

Tim Heatley, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “Neighbourhood Rochdale goes beyond just building new homes, it’s about rebooting the town centre and creating a proper community.”  

The plans are part of the £400m regeneration of Rochdale town centre and the council’s rail strategy, which aims to level up the town centre with 7,000 homes around the borough’s five railway stations. 

The consultation runs until Friday 4 June. 

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What is ‘affordable housing’? Given the pressure on RBH housing stock we need social housing not just more houses which are unaffordable to families. At what level will rents be set? A level which brings a good return to developers but a much lower one to the Council?

By Ian Butterworth

These plans are going to be a good boost for Rochdale, exactly what’s needed, especially around community and reinventing the town

By Adam Went

Much needed – looks/sounds like a fantastic project.

By Tom

This looks great.
What an exiting project, looking forward to seeing future developments.
Best of luck.

By Ed Hughes

Great to see C&C and Splash trying to actually push through real innovation with these kinds of developments. Excited to see how it’ll come off.

By JobbieLover

A great looking proposal however all rented accommodation? Nope. This needs to be a combination of rent, owner-occupier and social housing to create a proper community.

By Andrew

It’s a real shame that at least part of the old canal arm can’t be opened up for canalboats and a marina. That would make it special.

By Jim Riley

Good news. Much needed. Rochdale deserves to have some good developments.

By Sue

Looks nice that, but is Rochdale ready for the hipsters that a going to start rolling up

By Bob Leader

Much needed housing development in the area. Who can apply for one

By Rahman

Can they not build some top quality modern council flats on the site instead? People who can afford to rent has got plenty of places to choose from, it’s key workers with families who won’t be able to go rent anything close to work.

By Another Manc