Lower Falinge demolition notices

In summer 2017, RBH set out proposals for the community in College Bank and Lower Falinge which identified some homes which would be affected by demolition as part of these proposals. We have been working over the last months to take forward our proposals to improve the quality and mix of homes available in the area, and we are now ready to start taking forward the next stage of the proposals in Lower Falinge.

One of our promises to the community was that any RBH tenant who needed to move would have at least a year’s notice of this.  One of the next steps in taking forward these proposals is to issue a legal notice called an Initial Demolition Notice to homes expected to be affected by demolition in the next five years.

This does not mean that demolition is about to start. It lets residents know, formally, that their home could be demolished within the next five years as part of the proposals.

As we know that the next phases of development will take place in Lower Falinge, we will be issuing these notices to the affected homes in this area first.

We plan to issue the Initial Demolition Notices in the coming months, so we wanted to give people whose homes are affected plenty of notice that this will be happening.

Today (Thursday 5th April) we have knocked on the doors of all affected residents so that we can let them know about this face-to-face, provide a copy of our information sheet about the notices and what they mean, answer questions and provide support before any formal legal notice is issued. Download our information sheet here: IDN Frequently Asked Questions April 2018 (PDF format).

We know we won’t have been able to catch everyone at home, so we have posted a calling card providing information on how residents can get in touch with us, including face to face, by email and telephone.

Lower Falinge and College Bank Community Workshop: Thursday 12th April

We are holding our next community workshop on Thursday 12th April from 3pm until 7pm at the Lower Falinge Community Base, 238 Newstead, Lower Falinge.

At our last community workshop in December, we got lots of ideas and thoughts on different parts of RBH’s proposals for Rochdale Town Centre. We have used this to begin to develop more detail on the next stages of redevelopment which are in Lower Falinge to show what this could look like, including new homes, public and open spaces and play areas.

This workshop will be an opportunity for you to have a look at the latest plans and tell us what you think. The information will also be uploaded to this website at the conclusion of the workshop.

You can also contact us in the following ways:

  • E-mailing us at towncentre.regen@rbh.org.uk
  • Dropping into our customer centre at St Alban’s House, Drake Street, Rochdale, OL16 1UQ
  • Speak to us at one of our informal weekly drop-in sessions – 10am to 12 noon on Tuesdays (Lower Falinge Housing Office) and Thursdays (College Bank TRA)
  • Calling Freephone 0800 027 7769 (opt 6)

Help us to develop our residents’ deal

We want to make sure that any investment in College Bank and Lower Falinge is as successful as possible. That’s why we’re developing a Residents’ Deal and we need your help.

What is a Residents’ Deal?

The Residents’ Deal is important as it sets out what RBH promises to do for residents before, during and after any improvements in the neighbourhoods, as well as what residents promise to do.
These promises could relate to new homes and how they are let, support for residents, and how the neighbourhood is run. They could also cover wider issues such as how RBH will help residents learn new skills or get back into work.

Introducing Helen

Helen Nicol is helping to develop the Residents’ Deal and needs your help.

She is looking to speak to as many residents from College Bank and Lower Falinge as possible to give their views on what they would like to see as part of the Residents’ Deal now and in the future.

These commitments will help to ensure that residents’ needs are met and support the community throughout the regeneration, so that we can make a positive difference to people’s lives.

Getting involved

Taking part in the Residents’ Deal may involve face-to-face meetings, a short survey or Facebook discussions. We are hoping these will take place over the next few weeks. We won’t ask for too much of your time and any meetings will be held in a convenient location.

If you are interested in taking part or would like further information, please email Helen at helen.nicol@bluechula.co.uk or call 0798 039 5866.

Consultation update and next steps

Thank you to everyone that came to our workshop before Christmas to view and discuss the latest information on our proposals for College Bank and Lower Falinge. A summary of the feedback we received will be available on this website shortly.

In the meantime, we are using your comments to help us develop more detail, including the type and design of the new homes, improvements to retained homes, investment in the wider neighbourhood and facilities.

We will then be organising another workshop within the coming months to show this information to the local community and to gather more feedback.

All of the information and comments received at this stage will be used to develop a ‘detailed planning application’ for the next phase of development at Lower Falinge. This will include information on how the area would be designed, green and open spaces, the layout and number of new homes as well as the materials used to build them.

Residents will be invited to view the details of this planning application before it is submitted, which we anticipate will be in Spring 2018.

We will also be preparing an ‘outline planning application’ for the wider development area at Lower Falinge. This will set out the principles of future development, so will include high level information only.

The outline planning application is due to be submitted later this year and will involve more consultation with the local community over the coming months. If this is approved by Rochdale Borough Council, we will then need to work up more detailed information and also get this approved by the planning department.

View our “next steps” summary page.

Lifts at Mitchell Hey

UPDATE (Tuesday 6th February, 16:30): we are pleased to report that one of the lifts at Mitchell Hey is now operational. Thank you to residents for their patience and apologies again for the inconvenience.

Over the weekend there was a fire in a flat in Mitchell Hey, College Bank. The fire was contained within the flat of origin and quickly put out, and thankfully no-one was hurt.

Unfortunately, during fire fighting operations a considerable amount of water entered the lift shafts. Due to water damage, the lifts at Mitchell Hey are currently not working. Our team are working as quickly as they can alongside our lift contractor to get the lifts back into operation, and we’re very sorry for the inconvenience. We have been contacting residents to keep them updated, and providing support to those residents who are unable to get out using the stairs.

If you live in Mitchell Hey and need any additional assistance, please contact our Rochdale North team on north@rbh.org.uk or by freephone 0800 027 7769 (option 6).