Stakehill, Redrow, p Google Earth snapshot

The land is allocated for release from the Green belt under the emerging Places for Everyone plan. Credit: Google Earth

Redrow tables mammoth 222-acre Rochdale housing plans

The housebuilder’s 1,380-home vision for a swathe of land south of Junction 20 of the M62 at Stakehill has been submitted to the local council for consideration. 

Alongside consultancy Stantec, Redrow has prepared a 15-year masterplan for the 222-acre Rochdale site, which is allocated for housing in the emerging Places for Everyone spatial plan. 

As well as almost 1,400 homes, the scheme would feature a local centre and an extension to St John’s Primary School. 

Infrastructure work will also be undertaken, including cycle and footpaths, landscaping, an access point off Thornham Road, and the delivery of drainage and ecological enhancements. 

Around 60% of the site would remain as open space – including a 33-acre park – and 15% of the homes would be affordable. 

Permission for 1,147 of the homes is being sought in outline, while Redrow is seeking full consent for the first 233 dwellings.

Redrow already owns almost nine of the land, formally the All in One Garden Centre, and will acquire further parcels subject to planning approval. 

Robin Buckley, planning director for Redrow Lancashire, said: “Our plans are for a desirable new garden neighbourhood, with the design-led by the local landscape and distinctive character areas created throughout. 

“Our aim is to create a thriving new community with high quality and much-needed new homes, abundant green spaces with habitats for wildlife, and space provided for new community infrastructure. This includes plans for a park to the south, featuring footpaths, ecological enhancements, and plenty of opportunities for play and recreation.”

Subject to planning, Redrow hopes construction could begin on the first phase in autumn 2024, with the first homeowners moving in in 2025.

To learn more, search for application reference 23/00650/HYBR on Rochdale Council’s planning portal.

The residential scheme would be located on the northern portion of the wider Stakehill allocation outlined in the Places for Everyone plan.  

The 231-acre southern swathe would be given over largely to industrial accommodation, with 1.6m sq ft planned as part of the Atom Valley Mayoral Development Zone. 

Atom Valley, which takes in Stakehill, plus sites in Oldham and Bury, will provide 17m sq ft of industrial and manufacturing space across the three sites. 

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Next logical move is open a new rail station at Stakehill to serve the housing, existing employment zone and a big FE college.

By Rich X

Another hugely imaginative proposal from Redrow. A load of 2-4 bedroom semi-detached houses sprinkled on a concreted field, miles away from anywhere meaning all residents need a car. Nothing else like it anywhere else in the UK – a really strong, unique place. No schools, shops, pharmacies or supermarkets on site – Redrow say they want a “thriving” new community but isn’t willing to put money where its mouth is on delivery (as usual). This will of course just be another dull, grey, monotonous suburb where hopes, dreams and youth go to die.

Thanks but no thanks. I’ll stay in my city centre apartment in the middle of an actually thriving community – with everything I need walking distance away!

By Anonymous

They should finish off the housing estate at fox meadows first, left all the pavements half done. Very dangerous

By Anonymous

Hope there is affordable houses for the disabled and I repeat affordable

By Anonymous

So there will definitely be 15% affordable homes? Could you define affordable? Also what provision has been made for the obvious increase in local traffic? In my experience Developers throw up properties and scarper leaving existing residents with the aftermath.

By Roy Costigan

‘Garden neighbourhood’ = soulless car-dependent suburban sprawl. We should density existing areas first

By Anonymous

Soon be a concrete jungle and hope you’ll be very happy then

By Anonymous

Gosh, lots of bad vibes here. Not everyone’s taste, but will have a new railway station on its doorstep, two golf courses, Tandle Hill Park within walking distance, never mind the the motorway.

By Rich X

Pure vandalism of the last remaining bit of countryside. Needs to be stopped

By Steve Harrison

This scheme sounds so exciting. Without the loss of the feeling of green space this will provide much needed housing and provide employment opportunities in the local area. It appears well thought through with a clear nod to the environment. With excellent access to the motorway network this will provide families with a place to live in an area I brought my own children up which has a real sense of community. This is a reputable builder who builds good quality housing.

By Lisa Hollywood

I’m not opposed to new development. It’s just where’s the infrastructure. Doctors Schools etc. Puts more pressure on what is a deteriorated system already.

By Samantha

Do we really need more urban sprawl, make use of some the houses already standing, affordable housing, really!! New builds now are rabbit hutches they’re so small and are rubbish build, thank god for pre war houses properly built for families. We’re totally overbuilt as it is in this country, we’ll have no greenbelt land left in a bit.

By Anonymous

As usual no matter what developers do you get the moaners about everything. This plan sounds really good in terms of the existing road network. Good links to the major motorways unlike all the developments in Littleborough, norden and Wardle all of which create huge traffic jams in both Milnrow and sudden trying to access the motorway network. Once built I am sure commercial entities will see the benefits of local trade. Get on with it redrow sounds a great development to me

By Anonymous

Just to put some context in here. Rochdale is 63% SIXTY THREE PERCENT greenbelt, which I believe is the highest in GM. If this was in the south of GM you’d see large swathes of middle class housing, and it’s one of reasons why those areas are more prosperous, attractive to employers, have high performing schools etc… This site talks to Rochdale’s rail corridor strategy, which does include places like Littleborough and Milnrow, so I do chaff a bit around the comments above because while it might mean a queue for the motorway both those places have either mainline rail and/or Metrolink.

By Rich X

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