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New community set to be delivered in Rochdale

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Planning permission has been granted for the first two residential development parcels at West Hopwood, a 1,000-home new community in Rochdale which is being delivered as part of the South Heywood masterplan.

Russell Homes and Bellway Homes have secured reserved matters approval for a total of 217 properties across two sites from Rochdale Borough Council’s planning committee.

The Oaks at West Hopwood from Russell Homes will deliver 61 detached and semi-detached houses, from three to five bedrooms. The five-acre plot on Hareshill Road sits at the northern entrance to the wider South Heywood regeneration site, a mixed-use residential and commercial scheme being brought forward by Russell Homes’ sister company Russell LDP as master developer. Bellway Homes will build 156 properties after acquiring an 11.6-acre site immediately to the south, with access from Manchester Road. To be known as Hopwood Meadows, Bellway will build a mix of three, four and five bedroom homes from the housebuilder’s recently launched Artisan collection, incorporating a carefully planned mix of detached and semi-detached properties set alongside a new linear park.

Work on both is due to commence this summer, with sales launched later this year and the first completions expected in early 2023.

Russell Homes secured outline planning permission for the 316-acre South Heywood masterplan in March 2020 for up to 1,000 homes, 1.5million sq ft of employment space, a new local retail centre, and a range of new community facilities including a primary school, sports pitches and public open space.

This was as part of a hybrid application which also fully approved delivery of a new 2.2km link road from Junction 19 of the M62 to the new and existing logistics parks off Pilsworth Road, which is currently under construction and due for completion in November.

Gary Lynch, Russell Homes planning director, said: “These approvals mark a crucial milestone in the delivery of the South Heywood masterplan and allow for the creation of  the new West Hopwood residential community. Russell Homes’ first development, The Oaks, will provide large, contemporary family homes as desired by the council’s housing strategy. Further plots will be brought forward over the next decade.

“This is the culmination of many years’ planning, design and consultation, and extensive collaborative working with key stakeholders to achieve the highest standards in placemaking. We are extremely pleased with the planning committee’s positive comments and are now keen to start building.

“With the new link road expected to be complete later this year, and plans for the business park, local centre and sports hub advancing, good progress is being made in bringing this sustainable urban extension to fruition. It will support thousands of new jobs and create millions of pounds of economic benefit for Heywood and the wider Rochdale borough.”

Significant investment is being made by both housebuilders via Section 106 contributions to support the delivery of new infrastructure and community facilities, this includes the new J19 link road, primary and secondary education provision, public open space, a new bus stop and bus service and sports pitches.

Grace Yarlett, senior sales manager for Bellway Manchester, added: “Bordering open countryside yet with fantastic links to the motorway network, Hopwood Meadows is in a great location to enjoy a lifestyle with a semi-rural feel that is still well connected to traditional suburban transport links.

“With the added benefit of huge investment in the area resulting in great new community facilities and open green spaces, we are confident that homes at Hopwood Meadows will be in high demand once released for sale later this year.”