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Improving the borough

We're working hard to make Rochdale town centre a better place to live, work and do business.

The main focus for our next phase of regeneration is:

  • Enhancing and protecting our heritage
  • Creating new homes, particularly on brownfield sites
  • Improved transport links
  • Improving our town centres

How we've already improved the borough

A lot of work to improve the borough has already been done. Some of the projects we’ve completed in the past include:

Rochdale Town Hall restoration

Artist impression of what Rochdale Town Hall.

Built in 1871, the Grade I listed Rochdale Town Hall is a stunning example of Victorian Gothic architecture and one of the most well-known historic buildings in the north of England.

Work to restore this spectacular building is underway, following a successful bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Rochdale Town Hall restoration

Rochdale Fire Station development

Artist impression of Rochdale Fire Station.

Rochdale’s old fire station, which dates back to the 1930s, is undergoing an exciting restoration.

Work has started on:

  • Creating a Fire Service Museum on the ground floor
  • Creating office space upstairs
  • Restoring historical features of the building 
Fire Service Museum work and restoration details

Heritage Action Zones

 Artist impression of South Parade, Rochdale.

We’re supporting the restoration and reuse of historic buildings along Drake Street and South Parade, as part of its designation as a Heritage Action Zone (HAZ). The project aims to breathe new life into this area, which was a thriving shopping district but has lost some of its character.

We're offering a grant as part of this work to property owners to help them restore historic buildings and bring them back into use.

Heritage Action Zone Grant, boundaries and more

Calder Valley Line Community Rail Partnership

The Calder Valley Line Community Rail Partnership aims to improve and promote the Calder Valley Line in Rochdale and Calderdale.

For example, by increasing community involvement, enhancing train stations and protecting current service offerings.

Full details about the Calder Valley Line Community Rail Partnership

New homes

Mock up of new homes in Castleton.

We want to bring around 10,000 new homes across the borough to support our growing population and create a better mix of properties.

A major focus for these sites will be brownfield areas in our town centres where we have identified sites for up to 2,000 new homes and around our 5 railway stations, where we have identified land or up to 7,000 new homes.

Artist impression of what Upperbanks development will look like.

Major housing schemes coming forward include:

  • Creating 200 new homes on the former Central Retail Park site, a brownfield site close to Rochdale railway station. The new development will feature surbuban homes to rent, built to low carbon specifications. The new neighbourhood will also include a linear park, a running track, gym and community hub alongside community spaces such as café-bars and delis. We expect to receive a planning application for this development in summer 2021.
  • Developing 102 brand new family homes at the former Car Craft site in Nixon Street, Castleton. The site, which has been vacant for a number of years, will feature 3 and 4 bedroom properties and secures land for a future primary school.
  • Bringing forward 240 new homes in central Rochdale next to the Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure development. Known as Upperbanks, this development is set to complete in 2024. It will create high quality apartments to rent and regenerate a currently derelict site in Rochdale town centre.
  • Working with developers to bring forward 400 high-quality family homes at the former British Vita site in Middleton and around 220 new homes at Royle Road in Castleton. 
  • Up to 1,000 new homes will be created at junction 19 of the M62 in Heywood as part of a wider regeneration project which will also see the creation of new employment space and a brand new link road, alongside new public transport provision and public realm improvements.
  • Supporting the creation of up to 200 new homes at the former Akzo Nobel site in Littleborough, which is being delivered by Homes England.
  • Complete the regeneration of land within the Langley, Kirkholt and East Central Rochdale areas to create sustainable communities. These will help to provide quality and affordable housing with investment in community facilities and infrastructure.

Artist impression of what the Central Retail Park housing development will look like

Transport links

We want to make our transport links even better, so we're funding several new projects across the borough.

This includes developments to motorways, Metrolink lines, train stations, cycling and much more.

How we're improving transport

Related pages

  • Number One Riverside - award-winning library, customer service centre and council and partner offices.
  • Rochdale Development Agency - helping you find the best property and location for your business, plus expert one-to-one advice.
  • Kingsway Business Park - £315 million business-focused, mixed-use development park of 170 hectares (420 acres) adjacent to the M62 at Junction 21.
  • Development maps - showing plans for developments around the borough.