Town sees a hous­ing boom in new homes

Rochdale Observer - - THREE ARRESTS IN DARK WEB DAWN RAIDS -

A HOUS­ING boom has hit the bor­ough with the num­ber of new houses built be­ing over 10 times the av­er­age re­gional growth.

The bor­ough of Rochdale has seen Greater Manch­ester’s big­gest in­crease in new homes in the last year.

Gov­ern­ment hous­ing fig­ures show that 799 homes were built in the bor­ough in 2017/18, up from 315 in 2016/17, an in­crease of al­most 154 per cent.

The in­crease seen in Rochdale far out­stripped any other Greater Manch­ester area, where the av­er­age was an in­crease of 13.5 per cent. The av­er­age across Eng­land was a two per cent rise. ●●More homes will be de­vel­oped on brown­field sites, in­clud­ing ones like these at St Martin’s View, built on the for­mer Whipp and Bourne fac­tory site in Castle­ton

De­vel­op­ment at 67 sites across the bor­ough has helped fuel the in­crease, in­clud­ing 42 semi and de­tached prop­er­ties at the for­mer Birch Hill hospi­tal site in Smithy Bridge and a fur­ther 38 new prop­er­ties have been built at Broad Lane, Rochdale.

Much of the de­vel­op­ment has taken place on long-term va­cant brown­field sites, in­clud­ing the for­mer Co­ral Mill site in Ne­whey and Nile Street in Rochdale.

The hous­ing boost has also gen­er­ated £1.7 mil­lion in new homes bonus and ad­di­tional coun­cil tax in­come for the bor­ough.

The news comes as fig­ures re­veal that house prices in Rochdale are grow­ing at an av­er­age of more than seven per cent, the sixth high­est house price growth in the UK.

The new homes are a fur­ther boost to the bor­ough’s on­go­ing re­gen­er­a­tion, after ONS fig­ures re­vealed that there are now 8,255 en­ter­prises in Rochdale, up from 6,685 in 2017.

More than £1m square feet of em­ploy­ment space has been let across the bor­ough since the start of the year.

Coun Daalat Ali, cab­i­net mem­ber for plan­ning at Rochdale coun­cil, said: “These im­pres­sive fig­ures show that our bor­ough’s on­go­ing trans­for­ma­tion, which in­cludes a £400m re­gen­er­a­tion pro­gramme in Rochdale town cen­tre, is pay­ing div­i­dends, with ma­jor house­builders want­ing to in­vest here and more and more peo­ple want­ing to live here.

“As well as cre­at­ing a huge va­ri­ety of new houses, from af­ford­able homes to as­pi­ra­tional prop­er­ties, this in­vest­ment has helped to trans­form a num­ber of chal­leng­ing, brown­field sites and is help­ing to re­gen­er­ate the bor­ough.

“As a coun­cil, we take a proac­tive ap­proach to de­vel­op­ment and I’m de­lighted that this is de­liv­er­ing such strong re­sults.”

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