RBH is committed to developing new homes across the Borough of Rochdale, and improving the quality and mix of homes in neighbourhoods. Our new homes are widely recognised for their high quality; last year our new Extra Care scheme, Hare Hill in Littleborough, was the overall winner in the Rochdale Borough Design Awards, and our new homes in Heywood and Kirkholt have been shortlisted for this year’s Design Awards prize. We also have great feedback from the tenants of our new homes.
As part of this commitment, last week we received planning permission for new affordable homes in Middleton, in the shape of 25 new homes for shared ownership in Hollin. The plans will deliver much-needed new affordable homes in Middleton, with the development of 21 new three-bedroom and four two-bedroom family homes on vacant land between Hazelhurst Drive and Tintern Road. The homes are funded by RBH with the support of a grant from Homes England.
The new scheme will also include a brand new linear park, delivering improved public open space for new and existing residents, together with a safer and more secure pedestrian route through the site.
We are delighted to receive permission for these new homes, which will be our first shared ownership homes as a mutual housing society. These homes will allow local families and first-time buyers to take their first steps into home ownership. We have received a lot of interest from local residents in Middleton who are interested in hearing more about shared ownership and purchasing one of the new homes.
Having a better mix and different types of homes for rent and sale is a key part of our vision for Central Rochdale. We hope that shared ownership will form part of that vision and provide residents of the town centre the opportunity to access affordable homeownership.