Plans in for SVH’s Middleton homes

The not-for-profit housing provider has lodged a full planning application to build 16 affordable homes on Oldham Road, designed by architect Studio KMA.

The development is the first of a pipeline of schemes that the architecture studio and Social Value Housing are planning, focussing on the specialist housing and supported living sector.

The two organisations want to design and build schemes totalling around 500 homes across a number of brownfield sites in the North West. The next application is expected to be submitted to Rochdale Council within the next three months, requesting consent to build 72 homes.

The Oldham Road development is the first to showcase Studio KMA’s new housing product range based on modern methods of construction (MMC) – specifically, a panelised timber frame system.

The project team also includes Martin Planning; Squire Heritage Consulting; Surface; Indigo Surveys; LK Group; Element Sustainability; Integra Consulting, and Whitcher Wildlife.

Craig Welsh, associate at Studio KMA, who led the design of Oldham Road, said: “For us, affordable housing doesn’t have to mean the typical ‘cheap and cheerful’ dwellings we see across the market today – we believe the design standard can, and should, be raised.

“Design-led placemaking and social value are ingrained within our approach and, with this development, we wanted to create an intimate neighbourhood that future residents could take pride in.”

Dan Anders, director at SVH, added: “Having worked successfully with Studio KMA over a number of years, it seemed the perfect fit that they support us with our new venture into providing quality affordable homes to those who need them most.

“We are excited to be working with them in a more collaborative nature on our future developments.”

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