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Places for Everyone plan

Places for Everyone is a long-term plan for new jobs, homes, and sustainable growth.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) created the plan for Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

Aims of the Places for Everyone plan

The Places for Everyone plan aims to:

  • Manage land development up until 2037.
  • Plan new homes, employment space and infrastructure.
  • Cater for our growing populations.
  • Boost the prosperity of Greater Manchester and make it one of the best places in the world to live and work.
  • Ensure housing and employment opportunities are spread more evenly across Greater Manchester so  boroughs like Rochdale do not lag behind.

Have your say

Closing date: 11.45pm, Sunday, 3 October 2021

We want you to tell us what you think about the plan before GMCA put it in place. This is the final consultation before we submit the plan to the government.

2021 Places For Everyone consultation

Consultation questions

The consultation will only ask you the following questions:

  • Is the plan positively prepared? We'd like to know if you think it promotes economic growth and makes provision for homes, employment and infrastructure.
  • Have we justified the plan? We'd like to know if you think we've considered other policies and based our approach on the most up to date and robust evidence.
  • Is the plan effective? We'd like to know if you think we can achieve the policies within the plan period and if you think they are based on effective joint working with other neighbouring authorities.
  • Is the plan consistent? We'd like to know if you think the policies are consistent with those in the National Planning Policy Framework.

Next steps

We'll submit the plan and the responses from the consultation to the government.

We aim to do this by early 2022.

Brownfield sites

We always work to develop on brownfield sites. This reduces the pressure on the greenbelt and repurposes derelict sites across the borough.

We have:

  • Secured more than £12 million from the government's brownfield land fund. This will help bring forward over 1,000 new homes and regenerate derelict sites across the borough, including the former Central Retail Park site in Rochdale and land surrounding the British Vita Site in Don Street, Middleton.
  • Redeveloped several council-owned brownfield sites, including land at Durham Street, Lincoln Street, Albert Royds Street and Entwistle Road. This has created over 240 new homes for affordable rent.
  • Secured funding and started work on more than 242 new apartments. These are located in Rochdale town centre next to the new shopping and retail development, Rochdale Riverside.   
  • Progressed plans to create more than 200 new homes at the former Central Retail Park site in Drake Street, Rochdale. We're completing this in partnership with Capital and Centric.
  • Formed a unique alliance with Network Rail and others to support the delivery of new homes around the borough’s 5 railway stations. This is part of our new rail strategy. We’ve already identified several derelict sites which could be developed over the next 10 years as part of this strategy.
  • Prepared residential masterplans for Rochdale, Heywood and Littleborough. This is part of our aim to identify land for 2,000 new homes in our principal town centres. We're also developing plans for Middleton.
  • Secured £1.65 million of external funding to build 225 new homes on a major brownfield site at Royle Road in Castleton. Work is set to get underway soon.
  • Redeveloped the former Carcraft site at Nixon Street in Castleton in partnership with Homes England. We're currently progressing a planning application for 100 new homes on this site.

More about brownfield sites in the borough

Benefits for Rochdale borough

For Rochdale borough, the Places for Everyone plan aims to create:

  • Around 10,000 new homes
  • More than 11,000 new jobs
  • Around 670,000 square metres of new employment space
  • Opportunities for new business development
  • Improved infrastructure
  • Over 155 hectares of new green belt
  • Additional £9 million business rates
  • Additional £15 million council tax

Proposed sites for development

The main sites identified for development in the borough of Rochdale under the latest proposals are:

  • The Northern Gateway
    1,200 new homes and 350,000 square metres of new employment space. This will utilise land between junctions 18 and 19 of the M62 motorway, close to Heywood Distribution Park. The site will be served by a new 2.2km link road from junction 19 of the M62. A new rail connection could also be developed from Heywood to Bury via Castleton, alongside the extension of the tram to Middleton. New bus links would connect the site with Heywood, Bury, Middleton, Rochdale and Manchester city centre.
  • Stakehill
    1,680 new homes, previously 900, and around 35,000 square metres of employment space, previously 100,000, close to the Stakehill roundabout. There are also proposals for additional school place provision at Thornham St John’s Primary School and a potential new railway station at Slattocks. A section of the Green Belt will be retained through the centre of the site.
  • Bamford and Norden
    450 high-quality homes off Bamford Road. Sports facilities in the area will be retained and significantly improved using contributions from the development.
  • Castleton Sidings
    125 new homes and improving the open space around Castleton railway station. The land has also been earmarked as part of this scheme to enable the extension of the East Lancs Railway into Castleton.
  • Crimble Mill
    250 high-quality new homes and restoring the Grade II listed Crimble Mill. The proposals also include enhanced recreational open space and land for the expansion of All Soul’s Primary School.
  • Land north of Smithy Bridge
    300 new homes and a new primary school. The land includes the former Akzo Nobel site, off Hollingworth Road. The proposal will also create improved pedestrian links and deliver improved visitor parking in the area to serve Hollingworth Lake Country Park.
  • Newhey Quarry
    250 new homes with additional parking facilities close to the Newhey Metrolink stop.
  • Roch Valley
    200 new homes, previously 210, close to Smithy Bridge Railway Station. This supports the new residential relief road between Smithy Bridge Road and Albert Royds Street and contributes to support new local school places.
  • Trows Farm, Castleton
    This proposal creates around 550 new homes (previously 360) on land south of Crown Business Park and contributes to a new primary school to serve Castleton. New walking and cycling routes will also be delivered as part of this allocation.

Changes to the plan

We’ve made some changes to the plan following the consultations in 2016 and 2019.

  • The Kingsway South allocation in Rochdale, which proposed 182 homes and 130,980 square metres of employment space on land south of junction 21, has now been removed from the plan, retaining 80 hectares of green belt.
  • Green Belt loss has been reduced further. 60.3% of the borough will remain in the green belt if this version of the plan is adopted. If all the sites proposed in this draft plan are developed, Rochdale borough would still have a higher proportion of green belt than any other borough in Greater Manchester.
  • We’ve identified a potential residential relief road between Smithy Bridge Road and Albert Royds Street to address traffic issues and support the delivery of new homes in this part of the borough. 
  • The number of homes at the Northern Gateway site, junctions 18 and 19 of the M62, has been reduced from 1,600 to 1,200. The employment space has reduced from 600,000 square metres to 350,000 square metres.
  • The number of new homes proposed at the Stakehill site has increased from 900 to 1,680. The employment space has been reduced from 100,000 square metres to 35,000 square metres.
  • The proposal for Trows Farm in Castleton is now for the creation of around 550 new homes instead of 360. We've also identified an alternative site for a new primary school within the area.
  • The number of homes proposed for the Roch Valley, close to Smithy Bridge railway station, has reduced slightly, from 210 to 200 new homes. 

Funding to support improvements

We’ve secured external funding to support major infrastructure improvements, which include:

  • £23 million for the delivery of a new link road at Heywood, just off junction 19 of the M62. This is due to complete in spring 2022.
  • £3.5 million for the delivery of a new loop road within Kingsway Business Park.
  • £11.5 million for the construction of a brand new cycle lane between Castleton and Rochdale town centre. We've already held the first consultation for this.
  • £500,000 to further develop proposals to extend the tram network to Heywood.
  • Almost £30 million of government funding has been committed for major flood defence schemes across the borough to protect homes, business and infrastructure
  • Government funding for the new Edgar Wood Academy which we'll build on the land to the north of Bowlee Playing Fields, to the east of Heywood Old Road. The school will cater for 900 pupils in Years 7 to 11.
  • Department of Education funding to demolish old school buildings and re-build brand new ones, including Littleborough Community Primary School and Nursery. There will be no disruption to schooling during the build. There is no need for any temporary teaching accommodation. We aim to complete this work by the end of 2022.

Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

We previously referred to some of the proposals in the Places for Everyone plan as the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF).

In December 2020, Stockport Council withdrew from the GMSF. The remaining 9 authorities in Greater Manchester agreed to progress a joint plan, known as Places for Everyone.