Oldham council considers 2,000 town centre homes in major regen vision

Councillor Sean Fielding (Demo)

An ambitious plan to transform Oldham by creating thousands of homes in the town centre is set to be approved by the council today.

The ‘Creating a Better Place’ vision includes building more than 2,000 homes, the creation of 1,000 new jobs and 100 apprenticeships in a major regeneration programme. All told, it would unlock £306 million worth of investment across the borough.

Oldham Council has undertaken a detailed review of the regeneration plans for the borough in order to strengthen the focus on building homes in the town centre.

According to the council, this means it will be able to meet the urgent need for more housing for residents – designed for a range of budgets and needs – by prioritising urban sites, and where possible, avoiding building on greenbelt land to protect the borough’s open spaces.

“Since becoming leader of the Council I have listened to what residents are saying about the future of the borough and I have undertaken a detailed review of the evidence,” said council leader, Councillor Sean Fielding (main image).

“I believe that this refocus of our plans will be revolutionary for Oldham, bringing jobs, homes and investment into our town centre and will help to create a better place to work, live and visit.

“Oldham Town Centre is at the heart of our borough and the potential to create lasting change is immense. Together, we can Create a Better Place to secure the future of our town centre and ensure it thrives.”

‘Creating a Better Place’ is a boroughwide-plan building on Oldham Council’s Town Centre Vision – a framework published in July last year which aims to address the challenges faced by town centres and sets out the priority areas for regeneration with housing as the catalyst.

It will provide an approach for the council to support “inclusive growth, thriving communities and the co-operative agenda” by:

  • Building quality homes
  • Providing opportunities to learn and gain new skills
  • Providing opportunities to grow local businesses and create jobs
  • Supporting Oldham’s ambition to be the greenest borough
  • Embedding sustainability, energy efficiency and low (zero) carbon
  • Improving life-chances and the health/well-being of our residents and local communities

The strategy is intended to build on Oldham’s recent town centre regeneration projects including the redevelopment of the Old Town Hall, improved connectivity via Metrolink and the redevelopment of Oldham Leisure Centre and Parliament Square.