Our letter to the Guardian

Your story on RBH’s redevelopment plans on 15 October has painted an inaccurate picture of the proposals.

There is a much bigger picture to consider, so we are curious to know why this wasn’t explored. Our plans aren’t just about the possible demolition of four towers, but are part of a wider investment in Rochdale Town Centre including both the College Bank and Lower Falinge neighbourhoods plus adjacent land. This will result in new homes of different types and sizes, improved open spaces, a play area and new transport routes.

We are disappointed that you chose to engage with just two households with only one view and that none of these residents are social housing tenants. Furthermore, the other individual quoted has told us that they do not live in Rochdale. As expected at this early stage, there are a mix of views about the proposals across the community and lots of our tenants have opinions. None of these were represented.

As Councillor Emmott says in the article, regeneration should be for everyone, regardless of income or background. That is why our proposals are focused on how we can improve the quality of life for tenants – and change is an essential part of this. It is also why we’re looking at how we can work differently to support people into good quality, sustained employment.

We understand that change can be worrying and why people have concerns, but our proposed investment is intended to provide vast benefits, including higher quality homes and job opportunities for residents of all ages and backgrounds. It’s a pity that these – and other key facts and views about our proposed investment – have been overlooked.