Taylor Wimpey rolls on in Littleborough
The housebuilder’s plans for 199 homes off Smithy Bridge Road have now been lodged with Rochdale Council.
Taylor Wimpey’s submission comes as the local authority opens its own consultation on a draft Littleborough masterplan and supplementary planning document.
Taylor Wimpey homes
In July, Place North West reported that Taylor Wimpey’s planning consultant Turley had lodged a screening report as part of the pre-planning process. The firm is also working with Pegasus on the design of the scheme.
The 35-acre site sits west of Smithy Bridge Road, a key route between the A58 Halifax Road and the popular Hollingworth Lake, close to Smithy Bridge railway station. The site is included as a draft allocation in Greater Manchester’s Places for Everyone plan.
Plans include 112 three-bedroom homes and 67 four-bedroom homes, along with eight two-bedroom homes and 12 five-bedroom. The application also covers the construction of the first phase of a link road between Smithy Bridge Road and Albert Royds Street.
Brigid Edwards, senior strategic land and planning manager at Taylor Wimpey, said: “There is a growing need for high-quality family homes all over the country, with Rochdale seeing a particular demand for this type of housing.
“We feel our proposals, if approved, will make a valuable contribution to both national and local housing need – providing new homes,” Edwards said.
The application has been lodged on behalf of Taylor Wimpey, the trustees of the Wood Trust, and David Antony Buckley. Its reference number is 22/01364/FUL.
Pending consent, the housebuilder expects to get on site in mid-2024, with the first houses occupied in 2025 and the scheme built out by the end of 2028.
Rochdale Council’s Littleborough plans
As for the Littleborough consultation, now available to view online, Cllr John Blundell, cabinet member for economy and regeneration, said: “We have set out several key aims to improve the area, to make connectivity better and to support people with options for living and working.
“We now hope that residents will play a part in how we progress these plans by giving the council their valued opinion so we can move forward to the satisfaction of everyone.”
The masterplan also aims to make Littleborough more attractive by creating an improved railway station gateway, with new tree planting and improved provision for cycling.
The consultation is running until 7 December.