Rochdale Boroughwide Housing has been given planning consent for 55 homes and green space in Rochdale town centre, designed by architect Levitt Bernstein.
The scheme will see five existing 1960s blocks of flats demolished to make way for 33 one and two-bed apartments alongside 22 two and three-bed homes. There will also be a green space and play area at the centre of the development.
All tenants impacted by the demolition are guaranteed compensation and re-housing in a like-for-like home as part of the plans. GVA How is the planning consultant for the project.
Levitt Bernstein’s designs are part of a wider £25m investment by RBH, which currently manages around 13,000 homes and has delivered 150 new houses and flats since 2012.
A first phase of 26 new homes at Lower Falinge was completed in 2015, and other projects RBH has one site include 25 shared ownership houses in Hollin, Middleton.
Clare Tostevin, RBH’s director of growth, said: “We’re really pleased to receive planning consent for the latest phase of plans for Rochdale town centre.
“We’ve worked closely with the local community to develop these plans, and we’re extremely grateful to all the residents who have got involved by attending our workshops, speaking to us at our drop-in sessions, or feeding back online through our dedicated website and our social media discussions”.
Alice Routledge from GVA How Planning said: “This is exciting news for Rochdale as it is a trigger for the wider regeneration of the town. The location of the new homes has been an established residential site for more than 30 years, so it makes perfect sense to add more homes to meet the needs of the local Rochdale population.
“The site has excellent access to local amenities and the transport network, and is strategically located in relation to the wider implementation of the town centre regeneration aspirations. We are delighted that planning has been approved and we look forward to seeing the community in Lower Fallinge continue to grow.”