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Council outlines plan for new employment sites across Rochdale borough

Brownfield land across Rochdale borough could be utilised to deliver around 210 hectares of employment space over the next decade.

Rochdale Borough Council has outlined possible development locations in its draft Allocations Plan which identifies sites to build or develop on up to 2028.

The proposals prioritise development of brownfield sites, including the reuse of vacant older employment land which no longer meets modern business needs.

Land has been identified for around 210 hectares of new employment uses including plots within Kingsway Business Park, Heywood Distribution Park (pictured), Stakehill Industrial Estate and Smallbridge Business Park, along with employment development as part of a wider mixed-use urban extension south of Heywood.

The plan also highlights important green spaces and locations for at least 460 new homes in and around Rochdale town centre, south of Heywood town centre, Warwick Mill in Middleton and sites close to Littleborough town centre.

In addition, it designates sites to help deliver the East Lancashire Railway extension from Heywood to Castleton.

Councillor Daalat Ali, cabinet member for planning, development and housing at Rochdale Borough Council, says: “This is a hugely ambitious plan, which will deliver thousands of new jobs and homes over a 20-year period.”

A consultation on the Allocations Plan is now underway until 5 November 2018.