Castleton sidings , Kellen Homes, p.planning docs

More than 10% of the homes will be available for affordable tenures. Credit: via planning documents

Rochdale to decide on 190 dwellings with rail potential

Kellen Homes’ redevelopment of a 27-acre derelict former railway sidings off Heywood Road is up for approval.

A mixed-use development featuring family homes, and potential for creation of a rail heritage station as part of a mooted East Lancashire Railway extension, will go in front of Rochdale Council’s planning committee on Thursday.

The proposal comprises 191 dwellings with in-plot parking, access, landscaping, open space, a sub-station, and foul water pump station, and has been tipped for the green light by council planning officers.

Almost half of the site will be used for residential development, ranging from two- and three- to four-bed homes, of which 29 would be affordable and available either through rent or shared ownership.

Around 15% of the site earmarked for potential expansion of the East Lancashire Railway. The remainder will be retained for open space, play areas and habitats.

Castleton sidings, Kellen Homes, p.planning docs

The site spans 27 acres and is seen as key to Castleton’s growth. Credit: via planning documents

A key theme running throughout the scheme is the concept of rewilding a former brownfield site and touching on its former use a railway sidings, according to the planning documents.

The residential element of the development would release the ELR parcel, which could then be transferred to the council to secure the rail line extension along with additional services when funds allow, according to the planning statement.

Escape Urbanists, WSP, Ascerta, AES Sustainability Consultants, Townsend Water Engineering, Croft,  and E3P are featured on the project team.

To view the plans, search for application reference number 23/00431/HYBR on Rochdale Council’s planning portal.

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One road in and one small road out onto Rochdale Road, Castleton. Using the already congested street roads. Am I correct?

By Anonymous

Typical NIMBY comment from a keyboard warrior who claims back handers have been made, with absolutely no proof whatsoever.

It’s funny how people with homes and with children think that all houses need to be built where there’s sufficient resources/infrastructure available, but let’s be honest for a moment – those places don’t exist, they never have an never will.

There’s no “new town” with unlimited access to Dr’s, Nurses, Hospitals, Dentists. There’s no part of the UK with roads capable of dealing with an influx of additional traffic.

It’s important to note that if houses were built everywhere they were needed, then there wouldn’t be any additional cars on the roads, there wouldn’t be any extra strain on the local infrastructure – there would be fewer houses with 3 generations living in them

By Andrew Green

I welcome the project in principle but access issues must be addressed. This is more important than ever since the building of the crazy golf course, sorry the cycle lane. In naming any new estate can it be remembered that this is where the Royal Train frequently parked for the night.

By Andrew Hutchinson

Brilliant! We need more family homes just like this! Let us hope the local politicians do not go full NIMBY in the middle of an election campaign.

By Anonymous

Having looked at the Rochdale Council web site – another access away from Fairways has been agreed which will help the traffic issues. This is a derelict site and a Rochdale housing allocated site. Councillors – these sites or greenbelt sites for houses??? My kids need new houses and want to stay here.

By James Weston

@June 17, 2024 at 8:45 pm
By Andrew Green

Is having multi-generational housing really a bad thing? (If done right)

By Rye

Most of us local residents have no issue with the actual homes being built but with access to and from this large estate, given that Fairway will become a “through road”. Our house prices will reduce as a result, never mind the sheer number of added vehicles on the roads.
The Developers have already told us that they will be using the access road straight off Heywood Road but as the Council will not pay to adopt the road, the plan is to cause congestion all along Heywood Road, Heap Street, Fairway and Partington Street. The excuse given is the potential plan to expand the East Lancs Railway which has proposal has been bandied about for over 15 years and which the ELR even now state it is only a proposal in their budget up until 2030!
Once again, local tax paying residents views will be ignored just as the case of the shambles of a cycle lane.
Do not forget the infrastructure just isn’t in place in Castleton to cover the new estates already/in the process of being built.

By Leigh Bamford

It’s amazing that Labour are all for cutting vehicle emissions as Labours policy with Sadiq Khan to save children’s lives and improve people’s health yet Labour are willing to allow plans to be passed in Castleton that put residents and especially young children at risk with up to 400 extra cars to gain excess through very small and all ready congested residential streets, just goes to show how two faced the labour party are and surely must be a environmental issue as to the pollution of our streets or dose pollution only matter to people’s and children’s health in London.

By Chris Gilmour

The excess road off Heywood rd is only temporary till the housing estate is finished then will be handed back to east lancs railway and will be blocked off.

By Chris Gilmour

The new access from Heywood Road is PERMANANT and will be adopted and managed by the Council, even post ELR works.

By Anon

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