On Thursday 28th September 2017, The One Show featured a report on the proposed investments at College Bank and Lower Falinge.
We were given the opportunity to be interviewed on the programme but declined as we felt that the timing wasn’t right. Our focus is currently on speaking with all residents individually in their homes to discuss how the proposals could affect them as well as their potential future housing needs.
To date, over 650 homes have been visited twice and we have spoken with over350 tenants and residents in their homes. From these conversations, we have been able to guarantee that all those wishing to stay living in the town centre will be able to do so should the proposals go ahead. Over the coming weeks, our priority is to continue with these visits and for all responses analysed to help further shape our plans.
We did however, provide a statement to The One Show which outlined the facts about the project, the positive impact that redevelopment could have on the area and for local people, and our commitment to ensuring residents will be looked after should they have to move.
This is provided in full below:
One Show statement
We’re planning a major investment, which could regenerate both neighbourhoods with a wider mix of high-quality homes for local people, more green spaces, and easier routes into the town centre.
Our plans are still in the very early stages so have not been finalised yet, however the currently proposals could result in 500 more homes across the regeneration area than there are currently. These would offer a broad mix of options to ensure that the housing needs and aspirations of all local people are met – now and in the future.
We have been consulting with local people for several months to help shape the plans and ensure that the neighbourhoods meet the needs of local residents. We are currently speaking with all residents individually to discuss the proposals and what they could mean for them.
Although some College Bank residents want to stay in a refurbished high-rise home, many have told us, as part of these visits, that they would prefer a house or to move to an RBH home in a different neighbourhood or to homes such as those in our award-winning extra care scheme.
We understand that some people have concerns about redevelopment, but there is also a significant number of residents who are pushing for change and a wider choice of affordable, high –quality homes in Rochdale Town Centre.
Whenever we undertake projects such as this, we ensure first and foremost that our residents are looked after. Nobody would need to move until they had a home that met their needs and aspirations. Any redevelopment is expected to take up to 20 years and the phasing of this would be driven by the timescales required to support people to move.